When I first thought of this, I was going to call it, My Birthday Gift from Don Lemon because it came to me during the very first media coverage of the Michael Brown shooting; Don Lemon was providing coverage on what had occurred, what possibly could’ve led up to it. You know the drill.
As reports of the first night of rioting reached the airwaves, the anchor urged the citizens of Ferguson to remain calm. And then, he said something that both took me aback yet made me very happy. He said that while he didn’t condone the violence, he understood how people could feel as they do. And while I can’t quote him, he went on to speak of the country- wide marginalization of African-American men that’s been going on for quite a while.
It surprised me because it came at a time when the civil rights of such men seem to take a back seat to illegal immigration, gay rights, the upward mobility of all women and other social agendas. I thought it was a welcome and long overdue comment. Continue reading