Are ‘White men’ the biggest threat to our nation?

CNN's Don Lemon
CNN's Don Lemon

“The biggest terror threat in this country is white men.”

Could you imagine if the word “white” was replaced with “hispanic” or “black?”

Think about it… “The biggest terror threat in this country is black men.” Or “the biggest terror threat in this country is hispanic men.” There would be almost nothing else being talked about television if a conservative pundit dared utter those words.

But CNN’s Don Lemon did make the first statement on-air Monday night and very little has been made of it.

Here’s the actual words he used:

So, we have to stop demonizing people and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalized to the right. And we have to start doing something about them. There is no travel ban on them. There is no ban on — they had the Muslim ban. There is no white guy ban. So, what do we do about that?

We have got to stop with double-standards. It is not acceptable for anyone to say what Lemon said. No one, including him, should be able to get away with speaking such a vitriolic statement.

Identifying and addressing the real problems we face is what we need to concentrate on: Not immigrants – illegal immigrants. Not Muslims – Muslim extremists. Not the media but biased journalist, media companies, and those who wage in disinformation campaigns.

We have to identify the actual problems and stop demonizing everyone and everything else in between.

When it comes to Republican, Democrats and even Independents — no one person, party or group is the problem.

We should have zero tolerance for all extreme views. It’s not that complicated. We need consistency across the board when it comes to holding those in the public eye accountable for the outlandish things they say. That includes Don Lemon.

As for Lemon’s words though, it should go without saying: Hate, divisiveness and turning a blind eye towards the people and issues that undermine the fabric of our nation — are our nation’s biggest threats.