Chris Cuomo Receives Backlash for Saying He Is ‘Black on the Inside’
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Chris Cuomo is under fire for saying he is “Black on the inside” during an exchange with Black colleague Don Lemon.

Right before passing the baton to Lemon at the end of Friday’s “Cuomo Prime Time” broadcast, Cuomo began singing the theme song to “Good Times,” a ’70s sitcom about a Black family in Chicago.

When Lemon asked him, “How do you know the words to ‘Good Times’?” Cuomo responded, “You know I’m Black on the inside.”

After the comment went viral, an overwhelming number of social media users slammed Cuomo for his “offensive” remark.

Journalist Aisha K. Staggers wrote, “It’s ------- offensive. Black isn’t something you can just say you feel you are inside without having to deal with the racism that comes with being physically Black on the outside. This is cultural appropriation.”

A different Twitter user commented, “Chris Cuomo just said to Don Lemon OUT LOUD on Wolf Blitzer’s CNN, ‘You know I’m Black on the inside,’ and we had to turn off the television because I’m not here for that nonsense. @CNN needs to have some sensitivity training with their on-air personalities.”

Another added, “The only black inside you is your privileged heart! Live and learn.”

Following the episode, Cuomo addressed the controversy, writing on Twitter, “Said with all respect to reality and our need to fight this amplification of color animus. there is no understanding what it is to live as a black person in america if you are white but it is so important to listen. The majority must change racism.”

When a different Twitter user wrote to him, “We are allies, we are not Black,” he responded:

“Absolutely true. And too many are not. I really do think my kids’ generation is different tho. They are not merely ‘woke’ or pc or language police, they really seem to date and hang and choose as fam, a real range of color, creed and identity.”

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