WATCH CNN Host Don Lemon Get Schooled On Reparations

Don Lemon and Hilary Fordwich

( – CNN show host Don Lemon, who has been told he will no longer have his own primetime show in the evenings, got schooled on reparations while trying to play fast and loose with a royal family expert and commentator (Hilary Fordwich) who was covering the death and funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.

You can watch the video clip of Lemon a bit further down this post.

Here’s what happened by way of a transcript:

Don Lemon: “Well, this is coming when, you know, there’s all of this wealth, and you hear about it as people are facing rising cost of living, living crisis, austerity budget cuts, and so on. And then you have those who are asking for reparations for colonialism, and they’re wondering hundred billion dollars, 24 billion dollars here and there. Five hundred million there. Some people want to be paid back, and members of the public are wondering, ‘why are we suffering when you have all of this vast wealth?’ Those are legitimate concerns.”

Hilary Fordwich: “Well, I think you’re right about reparations. In terms of if people want it, though, what we need to do is you always need to go back to the beginning of the supply chain. 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. 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 in cages waiting on the beaches. No one was running to Africa to get them. And I think you’re totally right. If reparations need 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. And maybe, I don’t know, the descendants of those families where they died on the high seas trying to stop the slavery — those families should receive something to, I think, at the same time.”

Here’s the video clip of Don Lemon:

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