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CNN anchor jumps the shark

On Monday the 29th of October, CNN anchor Don Lemon sparked an outrage when he made comments on air that asserted that the greatest terror threat in the country is white men. According to the Washington Post, the comment in question was “… we have to stop demonizing people and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men…”

Lemon has since doubled down on this position, and CNN has not condemned his comments.

Though this level of rhetoric is not common on the Mainstream television circuit, anti-white sentiments are not uncommon on various internet outlets, even among some notable historic and established publications. When opinion writer Sarah Jeong was hired by the New York Times, many critics pointed out her blatant and vitriolic posts against white people on Twitter. In as many words, the Times chalked up her tweets to her personal opinion, and thus not their remit to control or criticize.

To this, I can only say that I agree heartily, New York Times. In the case of both Lemon and Jeong, I couldn’t care less about their personal biases or positions.

The issue is the common acceptance and even apologetics concerning anti-white bigotry in academia and the media, and the ferocious double-standard that accompanies it.

It is one thing to form theories about the interplay of race, sex, et cetera and discuss them.

But where the extreme left elements of the media and academia have erred is in treating the concept of white privilege as carte blanche to lambaste, blame, and villainize a massive swathe of the voting population.

From an article that appeared in the Guardian in may of 2017, titled “Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race.” to Buzzfeed’s 2014 piece “22 reasons why straight white boys are actually the worst,” in the socialite circles of the United States, it has been chic for a few years to denounce straight white men and boys. 

It is not difficult to see that the narrative has been entirely derailed. Whatever serious discussion might have been had concerning race is being drowned in the one sided mess of lowball humor and stereotypes, which coincidentally enough is precisely what these same outlets proclaim to be engaging in resistance against.

This became coupled with extended campaigns of censorship by the gilded halls of Silicon Valley conglomerates like Apple, Facebook and Google against political and cultural opponents and a ruthless pursuit of anything that could be construed as hate speech.

There could not have been a better catchphrase for this blatant doublethink than Lemon’s quote: “… we have to stop demonizing people and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men…”

There is no break, no “but,” no attempt to create an exception. This despite the sentence doing a complete about-face halfway through. Which one is it? The fact an anchor on a major news network was able to make this sentence and be dead serious says more about the state of affairs than any number of articles could.

The United States has undergone several moral panics in the past, including two Red Scares in the 1920’s and 1950’s, the Satanic Panic of the late 90’s, the moral panic of the 2010’s will probably go down as the Social Justice or Intersectional Panic.

When elite, cloistered and out of touch circles of intelligentsia were so determined to combat systemic racism and sexism that they began preaching racism and sexism.

 

It is not difficult to see that the narrative has been entirely derailed. Whatever serious discussion might have been had concerning race is being drowned in the one sided mess of lowball humor and stereotypes