[The following was written by Jeff Dunetz and originally appeared at lidblog.com. It has been reprinted with permission.]
Donald Trump Jr. was attacked as racist for retweeting a tweet from a friend of mine Ali Alexander, who is African-American. Trump Jr. sent Ali’s tweet out, asking if it was true. Four months ago on CNN Don Lemon said the same as Ali tweeted but wasn’t attacked by the hypocritical liberal mob.
Ali’s tweet displayed his dismay that Kamala Harris was claiming she was African American or “American Black,”
Kamala Harris is *not* an American Black. She is half Indian and half Jamaican. I’m so sick of people robbing American Blacks (like myself) of our history. It’s disgusting. Now using it for debate time at #DemDebate2? These are my people, not her people.
I'm so sick of people robbing American Blacks (like myself) of our history. It's disgusting. Now using it for debate time at #DemDebate2?
These are my people not her people.
— Ali Alexander (@ali) June 28, 2019
Ali is neither a conservative provocateur or Alt-right as he has been described in the liberal media, he’s one of the most reasonable conservatives I’ve met. Ali has faced much racism in his life because of his African-American, and Arab background, and his sincere belief was that Harris had no right to the common terms used for Black Americans because her background didn’t include the horrible part of the African-American experience such as slavery and Jim Crow.
Donald Trump Jr. retweeted Ali’s tweet asking if it was true. Of course, being Donald Trump’s son he was attacked as being racist, The Daily Beast said it was racism and birtherism:
That’s when she was attacked on Twitter by a conservative provocateur for not being an “American black.” It’s a play straight out of the racist birther playbook used against Barack Obama when he ran for president a decade earlier. This time, though, those kinds of allegations don’t have to circulate for years on obscure right-wing forums before they reach a mainstream audience
The Daily Beast is wrong on two points, Ali is not a provocateur, and birtherism was initiated and first spread by Hillary Clinton’s campaign, particularly Hillary’s buddy Sid Blumenthal.
He explained his tweet to the Daily Beast, which only posted part of his statement. His full rationale was:
In February when Don Lemon said the same thing as Ali and was retweeted by Donald Trump Jr with trying to find out if it was true, there wasn’t a liberal firestorm. As reported by the Atlanta Black Star, on the February 13th episode of CNN tonight, Lemon “shouted down” April Ryan during a discussion about Kamala Harris’ “blackness.”
“Number one, what does ‘Black enough’ mean?” she began. “[Harris] is a Black woman. She is a mixed-race woman. When you see her, you see her Blackness. But she is also South Asian … and her dad is Jamaican. She is a Black woman.”
Cutting in, Lemon contended the issue was never about Harris being “Black enough,” but was more so about whether she shares the experience of American descendants of slaves, also known as “ADOS.”
“No, no, no, no. I don’t think you hear what people are saying,” he told Ryan. “To want the distinction to say is she African-American, or is she Black or is she … whatever — there is nothing wrong with that. There is a difference between being African-American and being Black.”
Lemon argued that all Harris had to say is that she is Black, not African-American.
(…) “So she could indeed be African-American mixed with others, but she is a Black woman,” she said.
“Jamaica is not America,” Lemon said, interrupting her again. “Jamaica did not come out of Jim Crow. I’m just saying.”
“She was born here in America!” Ryan shot back. “So, let’s talk about [Sen.] Ted Cruz. Ted Cruz was born in Canada and his father —”
“This isn’t about Ted Cruz,” Lemon butted in once more, accusing his guest of changing the subject.
“It’s hypocrisy! I’m not changing the subject!” a flustered Ryan shouted. “I don’t know what you want from me.”
The two continued yelling over one another before another panelist chimed in.
Lemon eventually drove home his point, making sure to emphasize the difference between the historical experiences African-Americans and Black people who have immigrated to the United States.
“You’re missing the point,” he told Ryan. “People are asking [Harris] if you are African-American if you are someone who came out of Jim Crow, out of American slavery. Are you [a] descendant out of that? That’s all I’m saying.”
I am neither Black or African-American; therefore, the position as laid out by my friend Ali, and Don Lemon or anyone else who believes in the #ADOS movement is outside my experience. What is in my experience is the fact, that Donald Trump Jr. and Ali Alexander are being treated differently because they are conservative Republicans. And while the liberals are slamming them with personal attacks, we need to point out their hypocrisy. This is why we call the liberal media “Fake News.”
BTW I can attest to the fact that Kamala Harris isn’t Jewish (try to challenge me on that).
Below is a video of the Don Lemon/April Ryan Argument:
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