Brit Commentator, Politely, Lights Up Recently Demoted CNN Anchor Don Lemon

CNN’s Don Lemon seems like a nice enough guy, but that proverbial deer-in-the-headlights idiom springs to mind, watching Hilary Fordwich, a British commentator on the royal family, provide Lemon with a lesson in critical thinking.

British Royal Family

According to The Daily Wire, Lemon was interviewing Fordwich when he broached the subject of “whether the royal family needed to pay reparations for slavery….” But CNN’s most recently demoted anchor seemed mired in an inability to comprehend what was happening.

Lemon said, “those who are asking for reparations for colonialism… those are legitimate concerns.”

As adept as it’s ever been done, although the two fight in very different cerebral weight classes, Fordwich provided Lemon a brief yet poignant history lesson. After conceding he was right about some black people wanting reparations, she said, “they need to… go back to the beginning of a supply chain.”

She continued, telling Lemon that it was in Africa where the supply chain began and “crossed the entire world… when slavery was taking place.” Then she pointed out that Great Britain was the first country to abolish slavery. She said 2,000 British sailors died on the “high seas trying to stop slavery.”

Royal Navy, HMS Thunderer

Fordwich told Lemon the Brits had to patrol the seas because “African kings were rounding up their own people, they had them in cages waiting on beaches. No one was running into Africa to get them.”

National Review tweeted, “Watch Don Lemon being left ‘blank-eyed and speechless as he swiftly recognized that he was out of his depth’ when bringing up reparations with a UK royal commentator.”

About reparations, Fordwich reiterated, “go back to the beginning of the supply chain…” to learn who was providing human beings for the slave trade. Start there, and perhaps the families of the British sailors who died “trying to stop slavery… should receive something too….”


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