Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., president and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus, has launched the “Act On Climate Campus Tour,” which puts focus on environmental issues featuring entertainers and other prominent figures. Despite the good intentions of the tour, last week a Fox News analyst threw a series of cheap shots towards the organizers of the upcoming tour.
Fox Business News analyst Charles Payne responded to news that congressmen Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Rep. Andre Carson (D-Ind.) were aligning with the Hip Hop Caucus to get young Blacks involved in climate change. The news rankled Payne who called the upcoming initiative “dangerous and stupid” during a segment on Fox News.
“For these congressmen to say ‘Hey, we’re gonna rally young Black people and help them push the climate change agenda’ – hey listen, there’s a lot of things we can do first. How about, number one, the family agenda? Let’s get our act together on the family side. And number two, the education agenda,” said Payne.
He continued, “And then number 3, encouraging capitalism and then somewhere further down the list, like 580, climate change. That’s the way the list should look right now.”
Payne is another in a long list of Fox News commentators of color the network rolls out to diversify its physical palette yet still push its aggressive conservative agenda. Calling the Act On Climate tour a “left wing agenda” and saying the Hip Hop Caucus is using the Black youth as “pawns,” Payne does the attack dog act well for Fox News in his heavy, but imbalanced and largely uninformed, comments.
Despite this, the Hip Hop Caucus launched its tour on March 27 at Virginia’s Hampton University, three days after Payne’s comments. Today the tour makes a stop at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio tonight at 6 PM ET. Speakers include New Orleans rising star Dee-1, Karen Civil, Raheem Devaughn, Amanda Seales, Dr. Michael Dorsey and other guests. Rev. Yearwood is the moderator for the tour and panel discussions.
To learn more about the Hip Hop Caucus Act On Climate Campus Tour, click here.
Watch the video below of Fox Business News’ Charles Payne talking out the side of his neck in the clip here. Hit the following pages to see a promo video of the Act On Climate tour and to see a full size shot of the tour’s flier.
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