Another day, another petition.
While many have signed the petition asking for the removal of Raven-Symone from ABC’s The View, another request to remove Don Lemon from CNN has also been created, and amassed close to 40,000 signatures.
Jemell Henderson crafted the Change.org petition, which as of Monday (November 2) received 36, 297 signatures. The Brooklyn, NY resident claims Lemon has continuously made a mockery of African-Americans, and fails to act with journalistic integrity.
“Since the tragic incident of Trayvon Martin in 2012, CNN anchor Don Lemon has consistently antagonized and defamed the characteristics of African-Americans on the national scale in his mass communications. From the holding of the ‘N’ word sign before the national audience to disrespecting the Mayor of Baltimore to his most recent comments of the unfortunate incident where a student was removed from her chair like a rag-doll by a police officer, Mr. Lemon has avoided the chance to state the obvious: the challenges that face African-Americans are real and that solutions need to be found.”
Despite Symone’s petition, which was created by Ché Scott-Heron, daughter of late poet and musician Gil Scott Heron, ABC producers released a statement standing by the former childhood actress.
Similarly, a CNN spokesman came to Lemon’s defense saying his recent comments aabout the Spring Valley High student who was violently removed from class by resource officer Ben Fields, showed remorse, but also demonstrated his journalistic ability.
“He clearly said it was disturbing and horrible,” the spokeswoman continued. “He was doing what journalists always do — seek information and context.”