Don Lemon slams campus activists: "If you’re afraid of having your feelings hurt, don’t leave your house"

The CNN anchor supports Mizzou football players -- but then he has more to say

Published November 12, 2015 9:05PM (EST)

On The Tom Joyner Morning Show today, CNN anchor Don Lemon clarified his varied stances on the Mizzou goings on within a long-winded diatribe against free speech zones.

Lemon once again championed the efforts of the football players who successfully pushed forward the resignation of the University’s dean and chancellor, saying, “Even the NLF could learn from the Mizzou players who stood up for what they believe in.”

He did, however, criticize the University’s “vigorous effort to squash freedom of speech and freedom of the press.”

“As a journalist,” he added, “that really bothers me.”

Lemon was referring to free speech zones in relation to a heavily-trafficked video of Mizzou Communications Professor Melissa Click cawing at a student journalist who dared enter one of said zones with a camera.

“[Students] should not be coddled by retreating into so-called ‘safe spaces’ because they’re afraid of having their feelings hurt,” Lemon said. “If you’re afraid of having your feelings hurt, don’t leave your house.”

“And speaking as a Black person in America,” Lemon added, “considering the history of this country, if anyone should fight tooth-and-nail for free speech and a free and open press, it should be Black people.”

Listen to the interview and read the full report at Mediaite.

By Brendan Gauthier

Brendan Gauthier is a freelance writer.

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