Don Lemon Is Just as Dangerous to People of Color as Bill O'Reilly

Don Lemon is a very bad man.

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Black Twitter needs to get Don Lemon all the way the fuck outta here. They have shown their influence many a time and we need them now more than ever. Don is more dangerous than Bill O'Reilly because he's one of us. The video above is the last straw. We can no longer view him as a harmless troll. I'm not sure if he continuously plays devil's advocate for job security or because he actually believes it, but either way, the way he uses the platform he's been given is downright dangerous.

Yesterday, a 15-second clip of a police officer dragging a high school student out of her desk surfaced causing an uproar, and rightfully so. There was absolutely no justifiable reason for that behavior. She didn't want to move? So what. Call her parents. No need to drag that poor girl the way he did. So, of course, Don Lemon wondered if the teenager gave the officer a reason.

In the video above he gets into it with prosecutor and columnist Sunny Hostin over whether or not the officer's use of force was justified. I found a longer transcript that Don Lemon retweeted.

You can read it below:

“It does look disturbing — the part that is most disturbing to me is seeing her thrown around. As far as the desk going over, I don’t know if the desk fell over because she didn’t want to get up, or if he pushed over, I don’t know, so I think there’s context to everything, I would like to see what happens before and I would like to see what happened afterwards… [But] it does look horrible, it does look like there’s no excuse for what he’s doing for her, [but] we don’t know… It only shows a small slice in time of what happened.”

Hostin, who has worked in Washington D.C. as an Assistant United States Attorney, vehemently disagreed with Lemon, saying that she doesn't need to know more. I think we can all agree with her because there's video footage of Ben Fields—a man who has a history of this sort of behavior—tossing a female high school teenager around a classroom like a rag doll. She did not have a weapon, she was not confronting him—she was just sitting there. Was she resisting? Perhaps. Was she committing a crime, though? Absolutely not.

According to Tony Robinson Jr.—the kid who videotaped the incident—all the commotion was over a cell phone. As he told WLTX News:

"We were doing an assignment on the computer and I believe the girl had her phone out and so our teacher Mr. Long came over and asked for the phone. She denied, she said no. Then shortly after that he threatened to call an administrator. When he came, the administrator tried to plead with her to get out of the seat. She still denied."

This is where we are now. The State is sanctioning straight-up assault in classrooms over cell phones and Don Lemon is on CNN professing that we need to see more, wondering whether this young girl provoked an officer with a history of violence. Tony's account gets even more disturbing. When Deputy Fields entered the room he asked one of Tony's classmates to move a desk. That sick fuck already knew what he was going to do. He then closed her computer and put it on another desk and asked her if she would move. After she told him she didn't do anything wrong, Fields told her that he was going to treat her fairly. When she responded that she doesn't know who the officer was, that savage beast of a man grabbed her and the desk still attached to her and flung her across the room in front of everybody.

One can argue that media outlets are highlighting them in attempts to desensitize us. I disagree. That video and so many others like it are important to not only the Black Lives Matter movement but to us as a country. Social media has played a huge role in helping America realize that shit isn't always apple pies and white picket fences. We keep trying to sweep these types of incidents under the rug. We treat these incidents like homeless people on the street—we try to turn away and act as if what's right in front of our faces isn't real.

Honestly, I'm tired and I know a lot of you are as well. It feels like we're shouting incoherently in a padded room. Maybe some people would like to put us in straitjackets, but Don Lemon's the one who needs to be put in one. Then he can share a room with his buddy Bill O'Reilly. How can you watch that video and feel like there's a chance that that thug of a cop could be justified?

Those two—Lemon and O'Reilly—are the most dangerous tag team since Hall and Nash. They are out to cause mayhem and confusion. O'Reilly really believes there's is no such thing as racial bias in America. That's his brand. He also agrees with FBI Director James Comey and many paranoid cops that the use of cell phone footage is putting American police in danger. Well, Bill, that is just wrong. This year actually has the second lowest amount of police deaths since 1900, according to the Washington Post. That is 115 years, playboy.

Don't believe me? Here's a graph:

So who really is the Boogey Man, the American police or the citizens they are sworn to protect? There is a war on our bodies, not on police. The cops in this country are on pace to kill a record 1,200 Americans by the end of this year. This problem doesn't exist in other developed nations.

Check these mind-boggling numbers below:

We have a humongous problem on our hands, folks. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

Let's all pray Don Lemon and Bill O'Reilly get their heads out of their asses, or that everyone learns to just ignore them. I try, believe me. I avoid both shows like a disease. However, the Internet—mainly my Twitter feed—consistently points me to their fuckery. Don and Bill are the two most dangerous men in America. The rhetoric Bill spews and the bullshit that comes out of Don's mouth are toxic. No matter what they say, continue to question authority. We must stay strong. We are in the most important fight of our generation.

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