MSNBC’s Touré issued an “SOS” on Twitter Sunday night, calling on “white leaders” to do more to “combat white on white violence.” His top targets? Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, radio host Rush Limbaugh and CNN’s Don Lemon, who just happens to be African-American.
Touré’s extended Twitter rant appeared to be unprompted, though it stems for comments O’Reilly has made throughout the year on his Fox News program about the black community and its leaders not doing enough to fight back against “black on black violence.” Lemon caused some controversy and surprised some when he essentially agreed with O’Reilly on CNN.
Along with his tweet about Lemon, Touré posted a series of messages on the issue that sat somewhere on the line between sincerity and satire:
As backlash from his followers over his referring to Lemon as a “white leader” began to build, Touré offered this explanation:
If Lemon is considered a “leader of white people” wouldn’t Touré have to put himself in that same category? MSNBC’s black audience may be higher than CNN’s and did increase significantly in 2012, but it still made up less than a third of the total.
For his part, Lemon stayed out of the fray on Twitter, preferring to spend his evening tweeting about Sunday Night Football.
[photos via MSNBC, CNN]
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