In a recent meeting of the minds, Don Lemon invited Orville Llyod Douglas to appear on his weekend show. Guardian columnist Orville Lloyd Douglas, recently wrote the article “Why I Hate Being a Black Man,” which received quite an interesting response from the internet.
In the interview Douglas noted how different his experiences are being a black Canadian.
“There are less than 1 million blacks in Canada. Canada is a very Eurocentric country,” Douglas said. “When you grow up in a country where you don’t see a lot of positive images about black people, it does affect you.
Orville also went on to speak about how Canadians, even though are from various backgrounds, still find it hard to discuss race.
“Canadians are very uncomfortable talking about race,” he added, especially since he wasn’t able to find a newspaper willing to publish his piece. “Canada engenders this mythology that we don’t have problems with racism. I actually think the United States is more progressive in the sense that in America people are not afraid to talk about race.”
Although Don Lemon commended him for his bravery, and to stay authentic, he also added a few words of advice.
“Don’t let anyone define who you are, what is authentic, what is black for you. You are who you are. Don’t let black people decide for you, don’t let white people decide for you, don’t let the news, don’t let the headlines, don’t let the negativity,” Lemon said. “Be who you are, love who you are, but you should actually learn to love being black.”
Hi pot. Meet kettle.
Ironically enough, Lemon did not ask if Douglas sagged his pants, or if he’s ever been a victim of stop and frisk. At the end of the interview (9:20 mark) Orville did acknowledge Clutch commenters, y’all meanies!