A Discussion of Race on CNN
Posted by Steve Markowitz on July 29, 2013
On July 24, 2013, this Blog posted Discussing Race in America that included Bill O’Reilly’s July 22 Talking Points on the issue. O’Reilly’s Talking Points have struck a nerve in the Country and have in fact help facilitate a needed discussion on race.
This past weekend O’Reilly’s Talking Points were the center of a discussion on CNN with African-American host Don Lemon facilitating an interview that included Congresswoman Robin Kelly (Democrat from Illinois) and radio commentator Larry Elder, both who are also African-Americans, and Michael Skolnick, editor-in-chief of Global Grind, who is white.
Lemon’s interview included, in the video below, was preceded by his opinion that there are five essential reforms black men need to make:
- Pull up pants
- Drop the N-word
- Take care of their communities
- Finish high school, and
- Lower rate of children born out of wedlock.
Lemon also was severely critical of the hip-hop and rap culture, blaming it for some of the disintegration of black families and community. Neither of Lemon’s African-American guests disagreed with this conclusion, However, his white guest, Michael Skolnick, strongly disagreed and in typical Leftist mode went on to attack Lemon instead of debating the issues stating: “I think your comments sounded like a conservative preacher on a Sunday, and certainly Bill O’Reilly should welcome you on his show. I’m disappointed in you.”
Skolnick is an example of a white-elitist Leftist who has little skin in the game within the African-American community. After seeing how damaging Progressive policies have been to the African-American community since Pres. Johnson’s Great Society, he is unrepentant. A question that remains is whether this is the result of stupidity or a more nefarious motivation.