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CNN’s Don Lemon holds up n-word sign on air and becomes a Twitter meme

Dear CNN, please stop the madness that is Don Lemon.
Dear CNN, please stop the madness that is Don Lemon. CNN

There are wise people out there holding constructive and thoughtful debates about racism – and then there is Don Lemon. On Monday night the CNN host ticked off scores of people by holding up a sign with the n-word on it.

The stunt came as Lemon talked about President Obama’s use of the racial epithet during a recent podcast conversation with comedian Marc Maron.

Obama said the massacre of nine people in Charleston, S.C. proves that racism still exists in this country. “It's not just a matter of it not being polite to say n----r in public,” Obama said.

Lemon held up a sign with the word written in large letters and asked CNN viewers if they were offended.

They sure were, but not by the word.

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