MSNBC Host Touré Calls CNN’s Don Lemon a ‘White Leader’ Because of Lemon’s Advice to Black People

December 9, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

MSNBC host Touré called CNN Don Lemon a “white leader” because of Lemon’s advice to black people earlier this year, including telling them to pull up their pants.

“Why aren’t white leaders like Bill O’Reilly and Rush Limbaugh and Don Lemon doing anything to combat white on white violence???” Touré wondered via Twitter. “I’ve lost a lot of white friends to violence perpetrated by white people and it’s time someone stood up to white on white violence.”

Touré later said that by “white leaders” he meant “leaders of white people,” not “leaders who are white.”

Lemon is black.

Lemon this summer said that black men have to pull up their pants, stop using the N-word, take care of their communities, finish high school, and work on not having children outside of marriage.

“More than 72% of children in the African American community are born out of wedlock,” Lemon said, according to The Blaze. “That means absent fathers. And the studies show that lack of a male role model is an express train right to prison, and the cycle continues.

So please … pay attention to and think about what has been presented in recent history as acceptable behavior,” Lemon said. “Pay close attention to the hip-hop and rap culture that many of you embrace, a culture that glorifies everything I just mentioned, thug and reprehensible behavior; a culture that is making a lot of people rich—just not you. And it’s not going to.”

Touré said that “Pull Up your pants” is “fake advice meant to make whites feel Blacks are their own real problem. It’s a non-solution.”

Katie Pavlick of Fox News jumped in to the conversation, asking Touré: “So black Don Lemon telling young black men to pull their pants up is all about making whites feel better?”

“Yes,” Touré responded.

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