I’ve always been on the fence when it comes to the plethora of petitions that seem to surface daily on the Internet. And it’s not hard to see that some are just fluff attention grabbers, while others, although well-meaning, may have failed in their execution.
Then there are those that actually garner enough attention to effect change. Over the last couple of years, petitions have led to the cancellation of television shows, but have they ever succeeded in getting someone removed from his job?
On Tuesday, after the latest Don Lemon fiasco, in which he went toe to toe with former federal prosecutor Sunny Hostin over issues stemming from the South Carolina high school student assaulted by a police officer, a new petition was created on Change.org. The petition is calling forLemon’s removal from CNN and states the following:
Since the tragic incident of Trayvon Martin, Mr. Don Lemon has consistently antagonized and defamed the characteristics of the African-American race on the national scale in mass communications. From the holding of the ‘N’ word sign before the national audience, to his most recent comments of the unfortunate incident where a student was removed from their chair like a rag-doll by an officer, Mr. Lemon has avoided the obvious to blatantly state that an attack on the African-American race is real and that real solutions need to take place.
We, the people want a journalist and an anchor that will not be afraid to accept the facts that are occurring within the African-American community and who will encourage our people the same way that person will encourage others across the board. We, the people, have no confidence in Mr. Lemon’s ability to do that, therefore we are asking CNN to remove him from his position.
So far the petition has received over 15,000 signatures and is inching closer to its goal of 25,000. I’m sure the petition won’t find it hard to reach its signature goal, but I’m quite sure CNN doesn’t plan to get rid of Lemon.
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