Don Lemon Questions If “Thug” Is A Racist Term & Says Don’t Act Like A Thug If You Don’t Want To Be Treated Like One!

January 12, 2014  |  

Let’s be honest: There are few things Don Lemon says nowadays that don’t make us side eye him.  He can utter the exact same words you’ve said on the same topic and somehow, he will be hated for it. But, it hasn’t stopped him and this time, he’s continuing his coverage on the Nebraska toddler who has been called a “thug baby” by much of the world.

On Friday night, Lemon decided to tackle it from a different angle, this time asking if the term “thug” was racist. He specifically questioned if it was a racist because it was used to describe the innocent two year old child.  He pointed out that while many in the hip-hop community have used to the word in their music, it is not relegated to that genre and went to on to show that every ethnicity and class type has used the term at one point or another.

Lemon added that while he isn’t sure if the Omaha police posted the video with a racist mindset but if they did:

“Why not take the outrage you have behind that and use the energy for good to actually stop a detrimental cycle of any name? Why take ownership of thuggery? There’s nothing flattering or enticing about being a thug. And why get mad that someone calls you the very same name you call yourself? If you don’t want to treated like a thug or considered one, then don’t act like one. That’s the message that parents should be sending to their children.”

What do you think about Don Lemon’s comments?

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