CNN host Don Lemon denied accusations of race baiting on his show Monday night and said anyone who feels differently is being dishonest.
Lemon conducted an interview with NBA star LeBron James and discussed the issue of race in America. Lemon became emotional and went on a racially charged tangent while he was discussing the interview with his political panel. (RELATED: CNN Censors Conservative Commentator After Don Lemon Felt Insulted)
“I know people that watch and they say ‘Why are you guys talking about race? You’re race baiting. It’s not that bad.’ It is that bad,” he said. “And stop saying that. Start examining yourself. Why don’t you want to talk about it? Maybe I should be more open to talk about it. Maybe I should learn more about my neighbors of color or people who are not like me.”
Lemon continued asking questions about race, before dismissing his critics’ claims as “bullsh*t.”
“What is it that I don’t know? What is it that I’m not exposed to? What am I not learning rather than every single time saying there is no racism. It’s all behind us. Slavery was a long time ago. That’s all really bullshit, if you’re watching at home and you’re saying that,” he concluded. “Not even LeBron James is exempt from racism and bigotry. What does that say about the state of this country?”
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