Tommy Christopher, a columnist for Mediate, sparked a heated discussion on social media after describing CNN anchor Don Lemon as "openly Black." 

Christopher made the head-turning comment in an opinion piece about Lemon's controversial statement on supporters of President Donald Trump. The article, which was supposed to focus on whether or not Lemon was right to associate all Trump supporters with Nazis and KKK members, gained more attention for the "openly Black" comment. 

"Lemon — who is openly Black — responded by telling Cuomo that 'if you are on that side you need to think about the side you’re on,'" Christopher wrote, highlighting the anchor's discussion with his colleague, Chris Cuomo

Later in the article, the author tried to explain why he used the phrase, saying he "mentioned that Don Lemon is openly Black because that fact adds to the sting of an already painful statement."

But the explanation didn't clear up much of the confusion. One political reporter was one of the many readers who was still left with questions after seeing the statement.

Scott suggested for the publication to hire Black editors.

No matter how Christopher tried to explain himself, the critics didn't see any reason to justify the statement.

Some readers responded with sarcasm, openly declaring their own background.

Ironically, many people don't remember coming out as Black to their parents.

Although the phrase took away from the focus of the article, Christopher wrote his column to say that Lemon's statement is a much-needed slap in the face to Trump supporters.

"Of course he should not apologize," Christopher wrote. "All 74 million of those voters, and people like Cuomo who may count some of those 74 million as friends, should be thanking Don Lemon and asking for another. A slap in the face stings, but it can wake you up." 

Speaking to his colleague during Wednesday's broadcast, Lemon advised the president's loyalists to get out of the crowd that supports bigotry and incites violence. 

"If you voted for Trump you voted for the person who the Klan supported," Lemon said. "You voted for the person who Nazis support. You voted for the person who the alt-right supports. That’s the crowd that you are in." 

While Cuomo played the role of devil's advocate and defended Trump followers, saying they're not necessarily all hateful, Lemon doubled down on his statement.

"You voted for the person who incited a crowd to go into the capitol and potentially take the lives of lawmakers," he said. "Took the lives of police officers, took the lives of innocent lives who were there on the Capitol that day."