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?
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:
If I didn’t know any better, I’d think that Don Lemon was doing some sort of Andy Kaufman-esque performance art.
— HumanityCritic (@HumanityCritic) November 5, 2013
Don Lemon on Bulimia : would you rather look great or be a big ole fatty?
— Desus (@desusnice) November 5, 2013
#donlemonon giving up your seat:would you rather walk or be grateful your even riding the bus
— Your Highness (@YaaSays) November 5, 2013
#DonLemonOn Don Lemon: Would you rather be acceptable to whites and get paid to hate yourself or be liked by the coloreds and get nothing?
— The Real Segun Idowu (@RevrendDoctor) November 5, 2013
Stay tuned for next week’s episode of “Don Lemon Says The Darnedest Things”.