This has been bothering me all day so I might as well write about it. Earlier Ed wrote a very good piece about the argument between CNN’s Don Lemon and actor Terry Crews. What bothers me about it is what I see as a very disingenuous point Lemon makes the moment Crews mentions crime in black neighborhoods. Lemon is eager to say this is a completely separate issue.
LEMON: The Black Lives Matter movement was started because it was talking about police brutality. If you want Black Lives Matter movement that talks about gun violence in communities, including black communities, then start that movement with that name.
But that’s not what Black Lives Matter is about. It’s not an all-encompassing. So if you are talking about — if someone started a movement that said cancer matters, and then someone comes and says, why aren’t you talking about HIV? It’s not the same thing. We’re talking about cancer.
Maybe it was obvious to you when you heard this but it took a while for me to see the way Lemon was cheating using this little analogy. Lemon is saying that if you start a group about cancer, you shouldn’t be blamed for not talking about HIV too. Fair enough. But that’s not really a fair comparison to what we’re seeing with the Black Lives Matter movement, not at all in fact.