CNN panelist Symone Sanders has a bizarre and illogical excuse for Sarah Jeong's racism. Jeong, who is the latest addition to the New York Times' editorial board, has been criticized for a series of past racist tweets broadcasting her pure hatred and disdain for white people and law enforcement.
When CNN host Don Lemon asked the panel whether Jeong's tweets are racist, Sanders replied by saying the tweets were taken out of context.
“No, I don’t think Sarah’s tweets are racist. Look, first of all, I think it’s important to note that these tweets were dug up by a right-wing — it’s not even conservative. It was a right-wingers, people that identify with the white supremacist ideology and they were taken out of context,” she said on "CNN Tonight with Don Lemon."
“Some of the tweets are taken out of context. I think in Sarah’s explanation, she noted some of it was counter-trolling,” Sanders continued.
“It’s not racist for this reason: One, Don, racism, being racist is not just prejudice, it’s prejudice plus power. So one could argue that some of her tweets, even within context, note that she has a prejudice, perhaps, against white men. But that, in fact, does not make her racist. I don’t think she’s a racist.”
Sanders says Jeong's tweets don't make her a bigot either.
“Could she be prejudiced, could she have some...not just implicit, but negative bias toward white men in America due to perhaps what she’s experienced throughout her life? Probably, absolutely. Does that mean, though, that she is, in fact, racist? No, because race is prejudice plus power.”
Catch the panel's discussion in the clip above.
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