In times of crisis Americans, and the world, are supposed to come together, but CNN sees ratings in division, and they keep promoting it.
CNN did it again this week with a show titled “The Color Of COVID” which attempts to paint the disease as somehow targeting black people.
“The hour-long live special will bring worldwide attention to the unique challenges black and brown communities are facing during the Coronavirus crisis. The special will put a spotlight on their struggle and provide viewers with ways they can help,” the network said in a statement before the special.
“The Color of Covid will feature live interviews and taped pieces with notable guests fighting to support these communities including Sean “Diddy” Combs, Lin-Manuel Miranda, W. Kamau Bell, America Ferrera, Charles Barkley, former Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin, Will.i.am, among others.
“The Color of Covid will stream live for subscribers on CNN.com’s homepage and across mobile devices via CNN’s apps for iOS and Android. It can also be viewed on CNNgo (at CNN.com/go on your desktop, smartphone, and iPad, and via CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, SamsungSmart TV, Chromecast and Android TV). The special will also be available on demand to subscribers via cable/satellite systems, CNNgo platforms and CNN mobile apps,” it said.
Does that sound racist to you? Because if ti does you are not alone. It sounded that way to a lot of people.
And those people were proven correct when the special aired and we heard from hosts Dona Lemon and Van Jones.
“Many people assumed that this disease kills only white people and older people,” Jones, who used to work for the Obama administration, said.
“But now the data is clear. The hot spots for this virus are disproportionately in black and brown communities,” Jones said.
“And the hottest spots of all are in the jails, prisons and detention centers. So the [federal] government should be rushing masks, tests and ventilators to the hot spots — flooding black and brown communities with PPE, testing equipment and top-end hospital equipment,” he said.
Lemon talked about former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who donated $100,000 to help only minorities with the coronavirus crisis, as some type of hero.
He quoted the former NFl star who is now an activist for citing “structural racism” as the reason black people “more likely to die from COVID.”
Then there was rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs, and if you cannot take medical dvice from a man named Diddy who can you take it from, highlighting the racial aspect of the disease.
“The facts are sobering, they’re depressing and they’re tragic,” the rapper said. “African Americans helped to build this country and make this country great.
“We don’t deserve to be in this position. We don’t deserve to always be thought of last. And I want to say to my people: Let’s not wait on nobody to save us. Let’s use this as a reset,” he said.
A reset of what? Do they think the disease itself is racist or that somehow racist white people are giving black and brown people the disease?
The mental gymnastics needed to link a pandemic to race is mind numbing but for some reason CNN thought this deserved an hour of time of national television.
“Of course @CNN could of done a programme on why men are more prone to getting The Corona Virus! No they decided to go with the race angle with ‘racist’ Don Lemon quite gleefully chairing proceedings!” a viewer from the United Kingdom said on Twitter.
Race baiting and division is what keeps CNN in business because everyone knows journalism did not work for them.