WATCH: CNN's Don Lemon Gets Earful After Suggesting to British Pundit That Royal Monarchy Owes 'Slavery' Reparations

WATCH: CNN's Don Lemon Gets Earful After Suggesting to British Pundit That Royal Monarchy Owes 'Slavery' Reparations

CNN’s Don Lemon is a one-trick pony when it comes to social issues, making everything related to race and “slavery,” though when he tried to push the issue with a British commentator on his Monday evening show, he got a response he likely wasn’t expected.

During one segment, Lemon was interviewing Hilary Fordwich, a global business consultant, about how Queen Elizabeth II’s death comes as “England is facing rising costs of living, a living crisis, austerity budget cuts, and so on.”

“And then you have those who are asking for reparations for colonialism, and they’re wondering, you know, $100 billion, $24 billion here and there, $500 million there,” Lemon continued before adding in a heaping helping of class warfare. “Some people want to be paid back and, and members of the public are wondering, ‘Why are we suffering when you are, you know, you have all of this vast wealth?’ Those are legitimate concerns.”

Fordwich, obviously familiar with Lemon’s schtick, had a ready reply.

“Well, I think you’re right about reparations in terms of if people want it, though, what they need to do is you always need to go back to the beginning of a supply chain,” Fordwich said.

“Where was the beginning of the supply chain? That was in Africa, and when it crossed the entire world, when slavery was taking place, which was the first nation in the world that abolished slavery? The first nation in the world to abolish it, it was started by William Wilberforce, was the British. In Great Britain, they abolished slavery,” she continued.

She wasn’t finished.

“Two thousand naval men died on the high seas trying to stop slavery. Why? Because the African kings were rounding up their own people, they had them on cages waiting in the beaches. No one was running into Africa to get them,” she continued.

“And I think you’re totally right. If reparations needs to be paid, we need to go right back to the beginning of that supply chain and say, ‘Who was rounding up their own people and having them handcuffed in cages?’ Absolutely. That’s where they should start,” Fordwich said, adding in another element to the Lemon ‘reparations’ claim.

“And maybe, I don’t know, the descendants of those families where they died at the, in the high seas trying to stop the slavery, that those families should receive something too, I think, at the same time,” she said.

After pausing a few moments, Lemon conceded, “It’s an interesting discussion, Hilary, thank you very much.”


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