CNN is being accused of racism after commentators Bakari Sellers and Tara Setmayer knock rapper Kanye West over his support for Trump on CNN Tonight with Don Lemon going as far as to call him a “token negro.”
“Kanye West is what happens when Negroes don’t read.”
How is this not racist?
According to the folks over at CNN, Kanye West is the “Token Negro” pic.twitter.com/6It30bLix4
— Mike (@Fuctupmind) October 10, 2018
— CNN Tonight (@CNNTonight) October 10, 2018
“Kanye West is what happens when negroes don’t read,” CNN commentator Bakari Sellers said, in reference to an old Chris Rock bit.
CNN’s Tara Setmayer went even further, calling Kanye West a “an attention whore like the president.”
“He’s all of a sudden now the model spokesperson—he’s the token Negro of the Trump Administration?” she also said.
Don Lemon laughed and giggled throughout the segment as the two commentators degraded Kanye West.
Turning Point USA Communications Director Candace Owens accused the network of racism over this language in a tweet sent Wednesday. More
Last night on @CNN, Kanye West was called a “token negro” and a “dumb negro”.
I want you guys to imagine if those words were EVER uttered on @FoxNews.
CNN has finally committed to going full blown RACIST.
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) October 10, 2018
This is one of the most disgusting displays ever seen on TV. This is beyond the pale even by @CNN’s non-existent standards. @donlemon laughs while his regular guests call @kanyewest a “Negro who doesn’t read” and a “Token Negro”.
This is CNN. Sickening. pic.twitter.com/sH1RLcGyxq
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) October 10, 2018
None of these people have ever helped anyone but they have the gall to criticize Kanye West for trying to do something… Just pathetic!
— Jen P. (@jennydownsouth) October 10, 2018
This is your typical 🦀 mentality when one of us step out of the box, is to pull him or her down. We all can’t be liberals, we all can’t think the same and we’re definitely not obligated to vote democrat because we’re black. Change your thinking change your life.
— swagger (@Alvinclarke11) October 10, 2018
— joy, M.Div. (@blktheologian) October 10, 2018
Why didn’t you use the part where dude said “Kanye West is what happens when negros don’t read.”, and then all the black correspondents laughed while the white guy looked shocked, as your headline?
Answer: because it’s insanely racists.#DemocratsAreRacist
— Reyna Flores 🇺🇸 (@PennyRoo) October 10, 2018
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