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Don Lemon Thinks Black People Are Responsible for Justin Bieber Using the “N” Word

Don Lemon Thinks Black People Are Responsible for Justin Bieber Using the “N” Word

by Yvette Carnell

CNN’s in house black respectability expert and race explainer, Don Lemon,  is on a roll this week. Just yesterday BreakingBrownDon Lemon shocked reported that Lemon, while interviewing Morgan Freeman, lamented over how weary he’d become at the prospect of discussing race. Well, care to guess what he’s talking about today? You ‘betcha: Race.

Several recordings have surfaced of pop star Justin Bieber using the “N” word. In the minds of most people, Bieber is wholly responsible for his choice of words, but Lemon somehow feels that blacks are at least partially to blame for the white mega-star’s use of the word.

During an appearance on the Tom Joyner show, Lemon said that black culture bears some responsibility for Bieber’s language.

“Some are saying Bieber is racist,” Lemon said. “Is he? I don’t know. But I do know that this is the danger of the proliferation of the use of the n-word.”

Lemon explains that people hear the word so regularly that they become more likely to use it.

“Clearly Justin Bieber, a young man who by the way, has immersed himself in black, hip hop culture should not be saying the n-word,” Lemon continued. “So the question is, if you want people like Justin Bieber to stop using it and to stop making excuses for using it, shouldn’t you do the same?”

As The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates previously explained, words have context:

As I’ve explained before, the meaning of human language changes with context. That is why you may call your wife honey, but I probably should not. That is why Toby Keith referring to himself as “White Trash With Money” will never be the same as me accusing Toby of being “white trash with money.” That is why Dan Savage proposing a column entitled “Hey Fagg*t!” will never be the same as me seeing Dan Savage on the street and yelling “Hey Fagg*t!” This is how humans use language, and it is wholly consistent with how black humans use language. The effort to punish this use, like all respectability politics, is an effort to punish black humanity, is racism. 

Again, Lemon exposes himself as a wannabe pundit incapable of harvesting worthwhile cognitive insights from news stories. Somehow, I doubt that will stop him.

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04/06/14 Black News , featured , Race & Racism , ybw #

Morgan Freeman Says Race Has No Impact on Income Inequality

Morgan Freeman Says Race Has No Impact on Income Inequality

by Yvette Carnell

Morgan Freeman is known for freely expressing his political views, even voicing his opposition to the Tea Part onFreeman at least once occasion. In an interview with CNN’s resident black respectability expert, Don Lemon, Freeman boldly asserted that race and income inequality are unrelated in his view.

Freeman believes something must be done about income inequality, he just doesn’t believe it has anything to do with race.

“Why would race have anything to do with it?” he continued, “Put your mind to what you want to do and go for that. It’s kind of like religion to me, it’s a good excuse for not getting there.”

Lemon took this opportunity to share how irksome talking about race is for him.

“It seems like every single day I’m talking about race on television, because its in the news cycle, because it’s in the news,” he said. “But sometimes I just get so tired of talking about it, I want to just go, ‘this is over, can we move on?’”

Lemon could move, of course, and talk about news. No one’s stopping him. He won’t though because being CNN’s race correspondent is easy. Talking about the Ukraine is hard.

Still, this conversation draws attention to how dangerous it is to reach a conclusion through anecdotal evidence. It is fine for Freeman to believe or feel a certain way, but a quick review of hard data often blows long held beliefs out of the water.

From ThinkProgress:

Between 2007 and 2013, black workers who had just graduated from college saw their unemployment rate nearly triple, jumping from 7.8 percent to 12.4 percent. That’s a much faster increase than for everyone else: all recent college graduates saw their rate increase 2.3 percentage points. And young black college graduates have been doing worse and worse: their unemployment rate at age 22 was 5.1 percent in 1970, 15.4 percent in 2000, and 19.2 percent between 2010 and 2012.

Freeman also said that he and Lemon were proof that income inequality is not related to race. This is a moronic statement considering that wealthy blacks have existed for some time in this country (Remember Madame C.J. Walker?) but the success of one black person in no way implies that systemic racism has in any way diminished or been overcome.

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04/06/14 Black News , Race & Racism , ybw #

“Nasty F**king N**ger”: Woman’s Racist Dollar General Tirade Goes Viral

“Nasty F**king N**ger”: Woman’s Racist Dollar General Tirade Goes Viral

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A YouTube video of a woman going on a racist rant in a Dollar General parking lot has gone viral. The user who posted the video claims that the woman’s outburst was triggered when he started his car.

During the incident, the woman is also on the phone with someone she claims is her lawyer.

“He’s got me on video tape and I’m still flipping the f*ck out,” she shouts. “I called you a n*gger. You’re a n*gger! Nasty f*cking n*gger!”

The incident occurred on Wednesday when the woman began cursing at a man in the parking lot. While the man is recording the incident, the woman says, “he scared my children.”

At one point, the man in the car points out that one of the woman’s children cursed at him as well.

The woman seems to allude to being a stripper when she asks the man in the car if he knows “how many cops have I stripped for?” She added:  “You ain’t getting far b*tch.”

“Tell him, dude. You will f*cking k*ll him,” she says to the person over the phone. “I will f*cking yank his ass out of the car… He wants to put it on YouTube because he’s a racist, because he’s a racist ignorant n*gger!”

The woman reportedly told local affiliate WBLK that she is not a racist but is bipolar.

“I’m not a racist,” she explained. “I have a black cousin.”

“He just pissed me off, I’m bipolar. Quite frankly, if you look it up, n*gger means an ignorant person. It has nothing to do with race,” the woman insisted. “But it’s OK for him to call me a cracker and a honky though. That’s racist.”

h/t: WBLK

Watch the video below:




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03/06/14 Black Culture , Black News , ybw

Black Florida Fire Marshal Suspended For Using “N” Word

Black Florida Fire Marshal Suspended For Using “N” Word

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Florida Fire Marshal Kevin Jones has been suspended for 10 days as punishment for using the “N” word during a planning call for the Welcome to Rockville concert festival. reports that co-workers who were on the call complained about Jones’ use of the “N” word during the planning session.

Jones was quoted as saying, “if those n— try to put more than that [20,000] in the [Metro] park, they will have to deal with me.”

A disciplinary letter detailing Jones’ suspension says he used the “N” word not once, but twice.  The letter goes on to say that fire and rescue employees will not use “racial, gender  or ethnic slurs” and that the city “will not tolerate inappropriate and offensive language.”

Spokesman Tom Francis acknowledged that Jones had been suspended for 10 days for using the racial slur.

Fire Chief Martin Senterfitt said he was surprised at the allegation since Jones has had so few complaints against him.

“Any use of the word in the workplace needs to be addressed,” Senterfitt previously said. “It’s absolutely inappropriate in the workplace.”

The head of the  black firefighters association, James Edwards, told News4Jax that the suspension was appropriate.

The city and firefighters union are already facing three pending discrimination lawsuits.


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03/06/14 Black Crime & Incarceration , Black News , ybw #

Teen Arrested for Science Experiment Still Has Felony Record

Teen Arrested for Science Experiment Still Has Felony Record

In May of last year BreakingBrown reported that charges had been dropped against a Florida teen whose scienceflorida teen experiment exploded. Although protesters were successful at ensuring that charges against Kiera Wilmot were dropped, she is still working to undo her felony record.

Wilmot’s homemade science experiment–a combination of the household products aluminum foil and drain cleaner–led to a small fire at Bartow High School. Even though the teen was known as being a good student, she was hauled away to jail and charged until protests and petitions forced prosecutors to rethink their decision to charge her with a felony.

As it turns out, even though the criminal charges were dismissed, the charges still appear on Wilmot’s record. In a video produced by the Advancement Project, Wilmot says “the lawyer says it takes five years to clear each felony off the record.”

“She made a bad choice. Honestly, I don’t think she meant to ever hurt anyone,” principal Ron Pritchard told a local news station shortly after Wilmot’s arrest. “She wanted to see what would happen [when the chemicals mixed] and was shocked by what it did. Her mother is shocked, too.”

Wilmot described her experience first hand in a blog for the Huffington Post.

“They didn’t read me any rights. They arrested me after sitting in the office for a couple minutes. They handcuffed me. It cut my wrist, and really hurt sitting on my hands behind my back,” wrote Wilmot.

Wilmot graduates from high school next week and plans to attend Florida Polytechnic University in the fall.

Watch the Advancement Project’s video below:



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