CNN should have demoted Don Lemon sooner. The owner of an abysmal prime time slot, Lemon reminded viewers why he got the boot to a rise-and-shine segment during a recent interview with a quick-witted, articulate, and well-prepared royal commenter named Hilary Fordwich. In typical leftist fashion, he lobbed some empty talking point and likely expected a chorus of nodding head agreement.
Instead, Lemon found himself on the other side of a cable news thrashing. He was left momentarily silenced before cutting to the next segment and abandoning his guest altogether.
CNN’s @DonLemon tells royal commentator Hilary Fordwich the royal family should pay reparations — immediately regrets it pic.twitter.com/LotCfBoAym
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) September 20, 2022
Lemon: You have those who are asking for reparations for colonialism and they’re wondering, you know, $100 billion, $24 billion, here and there, $500 million there. Some people want to be paid back and members of the public are wondering why are we suffering when you are, you know, you have all of this vast wealth, those are legitimate concerns.”
Fordwich: Well, I think you’re right about reparations in terms of if people want it though, what they need to do is you always need to go back to the beginning of a supply chain, where was the beginning of the supply chain?
That was in Africa, and when that crossed the entire wall when slavery was taking place, which was the first nation in the world that abolished slavery? First nation in the world to abolished it was started by William Wilberforce was the British in Great Britain, they abolished slavery. Two-thousand naval men died on the high seas trying to stop slavery. Why? Because the African kings were rounding up their own people, they had them on cages waiting in the beaches, no one was running into Africa to get them.
And I think you’re totally right that reparations need to be paid. We need to go right back to the beginning of that supply chain and say, who was rounding up their own people on having the hang from cages?
Absolutely. That’s where they should start. And maybe I don’t know the descendants of those families where they died in the high seas trying to stop the slavery of those families should receive something too. I think time
Fordwich concluded her dazzling display by noting that reparations might as well also be due to the families of the lost two-thousand naval men who died trying to end slavery. It’s not at all an uncommon rejoinder in America where hundreds of thousands of white soldiers died fighting in the Civil War. If slavery is bad, then certainly dying to eradicate it is a worthy endeavor.
As can be plainly seen in the video, Lemon is left stunned into silence before stammering out a pathetic ending: “It’s an interesting discussion, Hilary, thank you very much I appreciate it. We’ll continue to discuss in the future.” Then he cuts away from her and struggles to segue to the next bit of the show.
After being thoroughly embarrassed, perhaps Lemon is looking forward to having fewer people watching him make gaffe after humiliating gaffe. With reparations, what’s even the point? People alive now have no connection to either the trading or selling of other people, and if we take this position to its logical conclusion, given the fact that slavery was endemic to the human ciondition until white Christians got involved, it stands to reason we all owe reparations to ourselves.
Notwithstanding the selfish intentions of just trying to mooch more money from people in the left’s never-ending socialist schemes, Lemon’s guest rightly pointed out that any gripe with black slaves being sold to whites should be directed squarely at other blacks who did both the capturing and caging along the coasts to facilitate easy sales of people for goods like guns and liquor.
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