Dear Don Lemon,

Yeah, you, guy from CNN

You are my hero. You are amazing for what you said and how you handled this situation.

You are a breath of fresh air.

Thank you for standing up for us.

I am sorry for what happened to you.
I’m sorry that you understand this so well.
I am sorry for any negative ways that speaking out in this moment affected you.

At the same time, I am grateful to you for the moment you shut this idiot down

— precisely with dignity —

You shut her down kindly, with love in your heart for yourself and the women who you grew up near.

The love in your heart was as clear as the respect on your tongue for those of us who would later watch as you set an example to look up to.

You’re likely better than me.

But right now through tears, I just wish I could hug you.