Project 21, a black conservative activist group, is calling on CNN to speak out and discuss the racially charged remarks made by one of its anchors.
Anchor Don Lemon was speaking to fellow CNN anchor Chris Cuomo on Monday night when he said that white men were the biggest terrorist threat to the U.S. Lemon also mused over why there isn't a travel ban in place for white men.
Despite receiving heavy criticism, Lemon refused to back down on his comments throughout the week, and instead, doubled down on them Wednesday night. CNN has refused to address the remarks — and the fallout — at the time of this writing.
What is the activist group saying?
In a Thursday news release, the organization called on CNN President Jeff Zucker to participate in a discussion about Lemon's remarks.
The organization, which is under the umbrella of conservative group The National Center for Public Policy Research, called Lemon's rhetoric "outrageous" and irresponsible.
In the news release, co-chairs Bishop Council Nedd, Stacy Washington, and Horace Cooper wrote, "Within a space of five seconds, CNN's Don Lemon went from saying we shouldn't demonize people to broadly labeling white men as our nation's 'biggest terror threat.'"
"That's not responsible journalism," the release adds. "This cannot stand."
"CNN President Jeff Zucker recently called out the White House for its criticism of the media, saying President Trump doesn’t comprehend the importance of the words he uses," the statement continues. "It’s time for Zucker to put his own house in order — starting with explaining how Don Lemon’s outrageous statement can stand in light of Zucker’s call for civility."
What did Lemon specifically say, anyway?
Lemon made the offending remarks to Cuomo on Monday, pointing to the pipe bombs sent to prominent Democrats and the Pittsburgh synagogue mass killing. He also referred to the Kentucky grocery store murders last week, in which a white man gunned down two black individuals.
Lemon explained that it’s time to sit down and examine the root causes of these acts of violence.
“I keep trying to point out to people and not to demonize any one group or any one ethnicity,” Lemon said. “But we keep thinking that the biggest terror threat is something else, some people who are marching, you know, toward the border, like it’s imminent.”
Lemon then went on and demonized white men.
“So, we have to stop demonizing people and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men — most of them radicalized to the right — and we have to start doing something about them,” he explained. “There is no travel ban on them. There is no ban on — you know, they had the Muslim ban. There is no ‘white guy ban.'”