CNN thinks that it’s okay to call black Republican racial slurs–because, apparently, they deserve it.
On a segment on Don Lemon’s “CNN Tonight,” an all-black panel discussed racial diversity among White House interns, which led to a broader conversation about minorities in the Republican Party.
Christopher Hayes, the Executive Director of Unhyphenated America, told Lemon that black conservatives like him face a torrent of race-based hate from liberal pundits on CNN, simply because of their political beliefs.
“It takes someone with very thick skin to go out there and be black and say ‘I’m a Republican, I’m a conservative,'” he said. “Because what’s going to happen is they’re going to come on your network and they’re going to be called an Uncle Tom, a c**n, and everything like that and so first things first…”
CNN political commentator Tara Setmeyer interrupted him, asking, “What are you talking about?”
“Are you going to sit there and act like that’s not true?” shot back Hayes.
“Well if you act like it and someone calls you out on it, then we can’t do anything about that,” Setmayer replied. She added: “Maybe the messengers need to be better.”
Hayes was, rightly, shocked.
“So it’s okay to actually call someone a particular name as long as you feel like they’re acting like that? Is that what you’re saying?”
Setmayer denied that she was saying that. But then she left no room for interpretation that she did, in fact, say and believe that: “I’m just saying you can’t blame people for being called certain names if they behave certain ways,” she told Hayes.
Apparently, for African-Americans, “behaving a certain way” means voting Republican. And that, in the eyes of CNN, means they deserve to be called racial slurs.