CNN host Don Lemon and White House correspondent April Ryan clashed live on air over Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Kamala Harris.
In a clip from her recent interview on The Breakfast Club, Harris spoke about being proud of her Blackness and those who question her identifying as an African American.
Ryan then questioned why her “blackness” was even a debate considering that she was of mixed heritage.
Lemon then hopped in:
“No, no, no, no, no, I think you’re not hearing what people are saying. The people that are saying, ‘is she Black enough,’ that’s bull, that’s BS. But to want that distinction, to say, ‘is she African-American or is she Black,’ or whatever, there is nothing wrong with that! There’s a difference between being African-American and being Black.”
But Ryan was quick to check Lemon doubling down that Harris is a Black woman.
“I agree with that, but is she African-American? There is a difference, and there’s nothing wrong with that. No one’s trying to take anything away from her. I think you’re falling into the trap of that.
“…to want a distinction to say is she African American there is nothing wrong with that. There is a difference between being African American and (just) being Black … All she had to say was I am Black, but I am not African American”
Attorney and co-founder #ADOS Antonio Moore and host of 'Tonetalks' on Dash Radio said:
“What Kamala is doing is both inaccurate and further shows she can’t deliver on the needs for #ADOS blacks in America. If you can’t understand this isn’t the birther argument from the right wing as she alludes to in the Breakfast Club interview, how can we trust you to enact any bold policy that targets American Descendants of Slavery. Her bringing up being born in Oakland implies Black Americans across this country that are using #ADOS are not talking about long standing lineage and how that affects your personal drivers for transformative policy. Harris has paraded on websites a persistent desire to list herself as the first African American to achieve so many milestones, and this projects a false progress that #AmericanDOS across this country are locked out from achieving. America owes a repairing to #AmericanDOS, and as MLK said were coming to get out check.”