For a moment there, things were looking pretty good. A boy shot multiple times with his hands up. College bound. Poor. Innocent. And in response: helicopters and tanks. Maybe this time, we thought, they would believe us.
Don Lemon can't speak for all of Black America the same way the celebrities he implores to step up and be good role models can't. He's one guy offering an opinion and attempting to make what he believes is a positive impact. I'm not sure that beating up on someone who's at least perhaps trying to use the forum he has positively in the name of effecting change from the inside out is a wise move, calling his comments controversial or implying in advance that they'll be met with outrage.