Not towing the color line
It takes a deep love of country and an incredible amount of courage, to be a black conservative in America right now. Especially if you are in the public spotlight.
James T. Harris, who I had the pleasure of hearing speak at the Milwaukee Tea party, writes about Lloyd Marcus's CNN lemonade moment:
Lloyd Marcus got Don "Lemoned." We know what that is all about, don’t we... Remember?
CNN's treatment of radio talk show host James T. Harris illustrates this point well. For supporting McCain over Obama, Harris has been receiving hate mail and death threats from Obama supporters who accuse him of being a race traitor and a sellout. Last Sunday, CNN anchor Don Lemon invited Harris on to talk about it. Lemon seemed amazed that Harris didn't understand why so many blacks view him as a traitor:
First, Lemon read a sample of what he had earlier in the segment called "passionate hate mail." The samples he chose referred to Harris as a traitor and accused him of taking money to support McCain. Then, as if these repulsive accusations merited a response, Lemon asked very seriously, "How do you respond to that?"
Harris replied that he hasn't been paid to support McCain, and that he supports McCain because he is a conservative. Lemon was incredulous:
OK, do you understand it, though, in any way? I'm just asking, do you understand that there is, you know, an African-American man who finally there's a chance for him to become president, and black people are saying what is wrong with this man? What's wrong with you? Why aren't you supporting him?That prompted the following exchange:
HARRIS: That's the question that I absolutely just — listen. Barack Obama is an American of Kenyan descent. And he is on the verge of making history. But for me it's not about color or the color of one skin. It's about ideology. He is a liberal. He's the most liberal senator in the Senate. And I am a conservative. And I don't believe that his vision of America is what's best. And now there are millions of people who feel the way I do. My question is why is it that because I am an American of African descent I have to toe that line?
LEMON: OK, I got to tell you this, too, because there were some people who said — as we said earlier, I told you this, African- Americans are not a monolithic group. And this is America, you can do whatever you want.
HARRIS: You said that, but I'm starting to think you are wrong.
LEMON: Whatever you want — whatever you want to be, you can be conservative, you can be —
HARRIS: Well, Mr. Lemon that's obviously not true.
But here's the kicker: After reading all those e-mails saying the most hateful things imaginable about James T. Harris and then asking him point-blank, "What's wrong with you?" Lemon said, with a straight face:
A lot of people have been saying that the tone that's being brought up by the McCains is inspiring hate speech in some people. How can you support — and I read one of those comments earlier. How can you support in light of what's happened lately on the campaign trail?
Actually it looks like Don was on his best behavior, it's the hate fans that get their news from CNN that are the problem.
Welcome to the club, Lloyd!
CNN is a black liberal toxic waste dump for African Americans who are afraid to leave the Democrat plantation. Beware to all Americans of African descent who enter there…
However, freedom has its privileges, Lloyd... FOX NEWS!
Go here to see a small sample of the hate these men put up with.
And go here to read Lloyd Marcus's posts. He has some good ones.
UPDATE FROM PASTORIUS (HOPE YOU DON'T MIND ME CUTTING IN HERE, CHRISTINE).
Check this video out. If you know anything about Stephen A. Smith, you will know it would be awfully hard to "Lemonade" this guy.