It’s pretty well documented that Don Lemon is against the use of the “n-word.” In fact, he’s described it as one of the five things the black community must address to progress in American society. Well, Lemon’s latest run-in with the epithet wasn’t from the mouth of a belligerent black teenager but, allegedly, from that of a member of the Missouri National Guard sent to secure the volatile situation in Ferguson.
The anchor was hosting a CNN televised town hall called “Black and White in America” Tuesday night when he told the audience a story relayed to him from one of his producers.
“I’m just going to be honest with you,” he began. “Last night, one of my producers said that they — I won’t say if it’s a he or she, because I don’t want to give anyone away — said they came in contact with one of the members of the National Guard and that they said, ‘You want to get out of here because you’re white, because these n-words, you never know what they’re going to do.’ True story. I kid you not. 2014, a member of the National Guard. And my producer doesn’t lie. It is a true story.”
Apparently, Lemon is shocked that a member of the National Guard would use that kind of language. For what it’s worth, there’s no word yet on if the National Guard member was forced to use the word by some rapper he heard doing it…