Nearly one year ago, Ebony Online’s Senior Editor Jamilah Lemieux attacked the RNC’s Raffi Williams, son of Fox News contributor Juan Williams, on Twitter. In a Twitter discussion on the plans of black conservatives Dr. Ben Carson and Armstrong Williams to begin a magazine for black conservatives, Lemieux lodged a racist attack against Raffi Williams after she made the assumption that he is white.
Lemieux stated in a tweet that she didn’t want to know more, but rather wish she knew less. To that, Raffi Williams sent this tweet.
Her response reeked of racism and bigotry.
Aside from her statement being racist, Raffi Williams is actually black. When it was brought to her attention, she then stated that she didn’t care what race he was and had no interest in what he had to say.
Fast forward to nearly one year later and Lemieux put her ignorant racism on full display once again, this time on national television. Granted, it happened on MSNBC, so not many people saw the actual exchange. However, it is making the news media rounds. (see video below)
Tuesday on MSNBC’s NOW with Alex Wagner, panelists discussed Ted Cruz’s admission to becoming a fan of country music, and avid listener, after 9/11. He chose to change his listening habits to this genre of music because he wasn’t please with how rock musicians reacted.
To this, Lemieux said, “Nothing says ‘let’s go kill some Muslims’ like country music, fresh from Lynchburg, Virginia,” I mean, really? That’s absurd.”
Her comments drew laughter from her fellow panelists and the guest host, Ari Melber, tried to provide cover by saying, “Well, I mean, there’s plenty of country music that doesn’t have that message, right?”
Of course, his poor attempt at diffusing the situation implied that some country music does have that message.
Following a commercial, the Lean Forward network must have realized their insult to not just Cruz, but country music artists and listeners everywhere could cause major problems, especially given their fledgling ratings. Melber read a statement of apology saying, “We have a programming note. A few minutes ago on this show, a guest made a comment about country music. That comment was not appropriate, and we want to be clear this network does not condone it.”
h/t The Daily Caller