Don Lemon knows how to put his foot in his mouth.  During his normal radio commentary on Tuesday, CNN anchor Don Lemon partially defended the controversial NYPD policy of “stop-and-frisk,” asking its critics whether they’d rather put “political correctness” above safety. In reference to New York City’s current mayoral race Lemon stated that the policy should be referred to as “stop-question-and-frisk,” but the “question” part often gets left out.

But in true Lemon fashion, he fails to realize why the “question” part gets left out.  How about the fact that the NYPD doesn’t give a f*ck?

Here’s what  Uncle Ruckus Thomas Lancaster DuBois Lemon had to say:

“[I]f you question many people in New York City, even some black and Hispanic people,” Lemon claimed, “they will tell you that on the surface they don’t really have an issue with stop-question-and-frisk. Not the idea of it, at least. Not if the controversial policy was conducted like the occasional, random airport screening.”

Lemon noted that minorities want to believe that officers would stop someone and “politely” say, “Sir, I’m sorry, but I need to check your bag and your person,” but, he lamented, “they know that that’s not the reality of things on the street.”

“They know that in reality they will probably be ordered to put their hands up, spread their legs, or lay on the ground and be handcuffed while an officer or officers have their ways with them,” the CNN host said, “touching them wherever they’d like or handling them however they’d like.”

“So goes New York City, so goes the rest of the country,” he said of stop-and-frisk, adding his suggestion that if a new mayor “alters the equation of the formula that has reduced crime in New York City to its lowest in decades,” it could result in the “creeping back up” of crime rates, the reduction in tourism, and the suffering of “international consequences.” He posited that other major cities could follow suit.

“Whatever the mayor here decides will be reflected in your city, reflected in your crime rate, and in your economy,” Lemon concluded. “So the question is: would you rather be politically correct or safe and alive? That’s the real issue facing the citizens of New York and, pretty soon, ultimately you.

In true fashion, social media provided more commentary on Don Lemon and the hashtag #DonLemonOn was born:





Stay tuned for next week’s episode of “Don Lemon Says The Darnedest Things”.

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  • vintage3000

    I live in rapidly gentrifying Bed Stuy. If the Stop & Frisk advocates are saying it makes sense to have this practice in high crime areas and that it’s not racist, I think it would be a good experiment for the NYPD to keep tally on how many “newcomers” are stopped and frisked. I have seen people (including a young Black woman in her home health attendant uniform, clearly on her way to work) and high school students of both genders stopped and questioned and required to show their ID like criminals and it’s infuriating. We already know Whites and other minorities are not being stopped on their way home to their lovely brownstones. Will be interesting when we get our new mayor.

  • SW

    Don, Don, Don smh……

  • Apple

    What happened to don lemon ? Since he came out the closet (and announced it was OUR fault) he’s been unbearable. Just think I started watch cnn because of him

  • The RealKay

    What I’d like to know is, who are these mythical minority people who want to be stopped as they are going along their day and frisked like they committed a crime???? I would be a little incensed if I’m on my way to work and folks are all, “What are you doing?!!! Show me your identification!” It’s all a way of saying that we don’t belong and we are prone only violence and disorder. It’s also a way of reminding us of our powerlessness in the face of bureaucracy. And let’s not forget, a clean shaven White men or White women aren’t being targeted. All of which, is indeed racist.