Monday on CNN, black conservative Paris Dennard defended his ethnicity against another black man, Democratic strategist Keith Boykin, who questioned whether or not Dennard is indeed black because his political beliefs aren’t typical of the population.
Boykin said he was ashamed of Dennard “as an African American” because Dennard hasn’t condemned President Trump for not doing enough in the wake of the Charlottesville violence.
Dennard retorted, telling Boykin not to “pull his black card.”
“I’m well aware of my blackness and don’t need you to classify me as being one,” Dennard added.
“Are you?” Boykin doubtfully asked.
And it blew up from there.
“I know what it means to be a black man in this country,” Dennard said. “I know and I experience racism on a regular basis by being a Trump supporter and by being a proud American who happens to be a Republican."
Boykin remained unconvinced and told him to “calm down” and later to “shut up, please, for God’s sake.”
Dennard tried to get host Brooke Baldwin to help him out, but she couldn’t tamper the anger. We gotta say, though, that it was quite fun to watch the other two black guests sit quietly with their mouths agape at the fireworks.
Only on CNN.