Jay Smooth explains how Don Lemon’s ‘respectability politics’ internalizes shame

By Eric W. Dolan
Thursday, August 1, 2013 23:30 EDT
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Hip hop activist Jay Smooth ripped into CNN’s Don Lemon in video released Thursday, mocking his “f*cking terrible” claim black men could alleviate poverty by avoiding saggy pants. Smooth said Lemon’s advice wasn’t actually intended to seriously help anyone with their problems, instead the advice implicitly blamed black men for their problems and protected society from the shame of failing to help those in need.

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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