A couple of weeks ago Don Lemon agreed with Bill O’Riley assesment on Black America with a few suggestion of his own, Five I might add.
1. Stop having children out of wedlock.
2. Finish high school.
3. Respect where you live(no littering)
4. Stop using the N word
5. Pull up your pants.
Russell Simmons disagreed with some of Lemon assessment and penned an open letter explaining why, I respect your courage on many other issues, but I can’t accept that you would single out black teenagers as the cause of their own demise because they don’t speak the King’s English or wear belts around their waistbands.
When this country closes 50 schools in black communities and continues to build more prisons, I know that young people see through the institutionalized bullsh*t that is laid out in front of them every single day of their lives.
If you want to tell the rest of America this weekend when you go back on CNN how we fix black America, tell them to re-start the “War on Poverty.” Tell them to end the failed “War on Drugs” that has cost this nation over one trillion dollars and unjustly incarcerated a generation of black men. Tell them to support the President’s plan for universal Pre-K, so no child enters elementary school having to play catch up with the other children who are fortunate enough to go to pre-school. Tell them make college affordable and obtainable for young students who come from low-income families. Tell them that the right to a healthy life should be universal and not just for the fortunate few. And lastly, tell them that young black men and women don’t just need “role models” or “mentors,” they need “sponsors” who are willing to offer them a job.
Don Lemon responds on his show “Talking Points”, “I’m glad you wrote the letter. Initially, I wasn’t going to even respond to your letter. Not because I think you completely missed the point, not because, like many of the other critics, I thought you were just using the occasion as a promotion for one of your businesses, your website, but I wasn’t going to address it because, quite honestly, it was hard to take you, and it, seriously after you called me derogatory names like slave on Twitter.”
Take a listen to Don Lemon as he addresses Russell Simmons letter. FYI this and that readers!! Share your thoughts….