Racist Americans who ‘feel completely free to talk about hate’ are ‘infecting our country’

CNN anchor Don Lemon said on his show “Don Lemon Tonight” on Wednesday that racist Americans who feel free to talk about hate are infecting the country.

Lemon said, “I’m not really going to say the word. I usually like to say that word when it’s – not like saying the word, that’s the wrong way to say it. It is important to say this word when referring to someone who uses it in an offensive way. But I understand that it offends some people to hear that word.

He continued, “So we’re going to talk about the racism rearing its ugly, ugly, ugly head in a courtroom this Georgia. Disturbing evidence in the federal hate crime trial of three men convicted of murdering Ahmaud Arbery. Text messages and social media posts from two of the men filled with racial slurs. Offensive language you might not expect to hear in a courtroom in 2022.”

He added. “Even armed with all the evidence the prosecution have yet to prove the murder of Ahmaud Arbery who was chased down and shot in broad daylight while jogging in a Georgia neighborhood, they have to prove the brutal crime was motivated by hate. But it’s more than a legal story, although that’s it. It’s that. It’s about justice for all, black, white, brown.

Lemon concluded, “But it’s also about the America we live in, the America where every day there are people who feel completely free to say hate, to text each other. They don’t do it out in the open, sometimes they do, but usually they don’t. Make loaded jokes about it, laugh about it. It’s the kind of everyday hate that doesn’t always end up in court. But it’s still there, infecting our country.

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