CNN’s recently demoted host Don Lemon was left speechless after bringing up the issue of reparations on the day Queen Elizabeth II was laid to rest in the Royal Vault at St. George’s Chapel.
In a segment featuring Hilary Fordwich, a national business development expert and “Royal Watcher” for networks like CBS Sunday Morning, Lemon would soon regret mentioning what he called “legitimate concerns” about slavery reparations while talking about the Royal Family’s vast wealth.
“All of the wealth, when you hear about it, come when England is facing rising costs of living, a living crisis, austerity budget cuts, and so on,” he said.
“And then you have those who are asking for reparations for colonialism, and they’re wondering, you know, $100 billion, $24 billion here and there, $500 million there,” Lemon continued. “Some people want to be paid back and, and members of the public are wondering, ‘Why are we suffering when you are, you know — you have all of this vast wealth?’ Those are legitimate concerns.”
Fordwich immediately agreed and just as Lemon was getting excited over that prospect, she then pulled the rug from under him.
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) September 20, 2022
“Well, I think you’re right about reparations in terms of if people want it, though, what they need to do is you always need to go back to the beginning of a supply chain,” she replied. “Where was the beginning of the supply chain? That was in Africa, and when it crossed the entire world, when slavery was taking place, which was the first nation in the world that abolished slavery? The first nation world to abolish it, it was started by William Wilberforce, was the British. In Great Britain, they abolished slavery.”
After noting that England was the first to abolish slavery, Fordwich pressed on in favor of reparations — from the original supplier of the slaves.
“Two thousand naval men died on the high seas trying to stop slavery. Why? Because the African kings were rounding up their own people, they had them on cages waiting in the beaches. No one was running into Africa to get them,” she said, speaking of the sacrifice made by British sailors. “And I think you’re totally right. If reparations needs to be paid, we need to go right back to the beginning of that supply chain and say, ‘Who was rounding up their own people and having them handcuffed in cages?’ Absolutely. That’s where they should start.”
“And maybe, I don’t know, the descendants of those families where they died at the, in the high seas trying to stop the slavery, that those families should receive something too, I think, at the same time,” Fordwich concluded.
Dumbfounded by the abrupt history lesson, much of which appeared to be news to him, Lemon was momentarily speechless before bringing the segment to a close.
“It’s… it’s an interesting subject, Hillary, thank you,” the CNN host muttered, before adding that they will finish it “in the future.”
The future, if it ever comes, likely being after Lemon has boned up on critical race theory and how to apply it to European history.
Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:
The look on Don Lemons face,priceless!
— Gary Becker (@garybecker358) September 20, 2022
Great response. Another reminder to people crying out for reparations, every race of every nationality has been victims of slavery at one point of time in history.
— Jtum (@jgtumblin) September 20, 2022
Oops ..he wasn’t expecting THAT answer …good for her..besides who decides who gets any money and how much .. if my dads 3nd cousin half sister is 1/4 black .,how much do I get ??
— steve brown (@srb39) September 20, 2022
The British have such and eloquent way of dropping the mic. 💗
— Ⓜ️&Ⓜ️ Lentz (@m_mlentz) September 20, 2022
Well, his morning show career just went down the drain pic.twitter.com/N8RAVrVzgF
— Kathleen Caton 🇺🇸 (@KMCaton) September 20, 2022
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