CNN’s Don Lemon believes, because he is a black man, he needs to be calm and especially polite with police officers in order to stay alive.
“I am one who says you should always comply with police officers, especially as a man of color,” Lemon said Thursday, discussing the recent police shootings of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota, but before the terror that was soon to strike in Dallas.
The CNN host did not feel he should have to be so polite.
“I’m an American, I shouldn’t have to do that. I shouldn’t have to be ‘yes, sir’ing anybody,” Lemon argued, “but I do it because I want to stay alive. That’s why I do it. Now, my friends, my white counterparts don’t do that. They speak to police officers in a way that I would never in a million years do, and that is the reality of it.”
“I have to do that because I want to stay alive,” he added. “I have to do that because I don’t want to be shot and I don’t want to be killed.”
The “Newsroom” host said the police officers in Baton Rouge appear to have acted “too aggressively” and that “it looks bad for the officers” right now.
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