CNN’s Don Lemon has a message for people who ‘pretend that racism doesn’t exist’

CNN anchor Don Lemon had some harsh words for critics of President Obama’s speech at the memorial service for the fallen officers in Dallas.

“The people who dislike this president, the words will just bounce off and hate him more, even though what he said today makes complete sense. His message was no different from George W. Bush’s message, no different than Police Chief Brown’s message,” Lemon said while commenting on Obama’s speech Tuesday on CNN’s “Situation Room.”

Lemon went on to say that “you need to check yourself and look from within” if the president’s words were not  “resonating.”

“It is time to stop pretending that racism doesn’t exist, that bias doesn’t exist in this culture,” Lemon said before sharing a personal story about an experience he recently had. Discussing the Dallas police shooting with friends, Lemon said a question was asked by someone in the group that left him shocked.

“And as we were talking,” Lemon recalled, “my friend is talking about it and my friend is a black guy, and the guy looked at him and said, ‘How does that make you feel as a n***er?’ And everybody just got quiet and looked at him like, ‘Is this 2016? Is this really happening?'”

Lemon argued that “we have to stop pretending that these things don’t happen, that people don’t have implicit bias that you don’t hear words and racism and prejudice in your own family, and with people you love and it’s not within you.”

“It’s in all of us,” he concluded. “The president said none of us is innocent, no institution is immune.”

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