A CNN panel meeting discussing comedian Steve Harvey who met with Trump quickly devolved into a shouting match after a panelist denounced the president-elect for “using” entertainers to boost his popularity.
CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill called Harvey, and other black entertainers who were seen chumming with Trump, a bunch of “mediocre Negroes” who know nothing about political analysis.
“They keep bringing up comedians and actors and athletes to represent black interests. It’s demeaning, it’s disrespectful and it’s condescending,” he continued. “Bring some people up there with expertise Donald Trump, don’t just bring up people to entertain.”
That’s when Bruce LeVell, a member form Trump’s diversity team added that “Pastor Darryl Scott, Mike Cohen, they are in the process of bringing all types of people from all over the country, from all different backgrounds. Remember the diversity coalition where we reached out to all different types of people?”
“Yeah, it was a bunch of mediocre Negroes being dragged in front of TV as a photo-op for Donald Trump’s exploitative campaign against black people. And you are an example of that,” Hill shot at him.
The thoughtless words were obviously met with shock, doubly so because Hill himself is an African American. In fact, in the United States, the term is considered racially charged and for Hill to say it to a member of his own community, is absolutely disappointing.
Now, internet users are calling Hill out for being a racist.
#marclamonthill . Any Black person that wants to help or likes Trump has now moved form UncleTom to "Mediocre Negro." He so Smart.— Chuck Woolery (@chuckwoolery) January 17, 2017
Marc Lamont Hill would call Frederick Douglas a "mediocre negro". If Douglas is a "mediocre negro" that would make Hill a slime ball. pic.twitter.com/tvGqi8Zxoz— David A. Clarke, Jr. (@SheriffClarke) January 17, 2017
This is exactly the kind of talk that enables racism and pushes back the cause of race equality years back.
After all, if a black person can call another black man “mediocre Negro,” what’s to stop people of other races from labeling them so as well.
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