by Dr Boyce Watkins
Don Lemon, during a recent appearance on the Tom Joyner Morning Show, took issue with some things I said about the show “Empire,” created by Lee Daniels. The show was financed by Rupert Murdoch, owner of Fox News, who is one of the most racist men in America. But for some reason, Don thinks that the show is OK.
Personally, I argue that Don’s love for the show is his subtle way of co-signing on Daniels’ effort to use the show as an opportunity to “blow the lid off of homophobia in the black community.” So, it appears that black America is in the cross-hairs the Rupert Murdoch/Lee Daniels economic machine gun, being used to promote very serious anti-black propaganda.
Sorry Don, but I can’t sign off on that. Fighting for gay rights is admirable, but bullying is not acceptable. However, bullying is what I’ve been seeing when it comes to “propped up negroes” like Daniels and Lemon using their financial weapons to try to convince black people that they are backward, stupid and in need of enlightenment (or shall we say “en-whitenment”).
While the many non-black financial benefactors consistently prop specific black people to high places to imperialize black thought, my view is that black people must remember to think for themselves and not be shamed into feeling that they are backward, homophobic, ignorant neanderthals. It’s OK if you don’t become the person liberal white people want you to be, your views should be allowed to evolve at your own discretion.
You can either watch the video with myself and Nomalanga Mhlauli-Moses below, or you can download the podcast. I hope you enjoy the discussion. For the record, I still won’t be watching Empire, but I don’t fault those who do. I hear the show is really juicy. At the same time, remember that there are a thousand black-owned media projects on the Internet that you can support as well, for this is a show that is neither owned by black people nor made for them. It’s basically the bulk firesale of really entertaining stereotypes.