Don Lemon Under Fire For Telling Black People To Pick Up Their Pants

Don Lemon, CNN news anchor is under a lot of fire regarding recent comments on how to help the black community, primarily by putting an end to the so-called “thug culture.”

His comments came following statements made by Bill O’Reilly, who said, “The reason there is so much violence and chaos in the black precincts is the disintegration of the African-American family. Raised without much structure, young black men often reject education and gravitate towards street culture, drugs, hustling, gangs.”

Don Lemon agreed with O’Reilly and came up with five things the black community to fix its problems:

1.) Stop wearing baggy pants. ” Saggy pants, whether it’s Justin Bieber or no-name Derek around the way, walking around with your ass and underwear out is not okay; in fact, it comes from prison when they take away belts from the prisoner so that they can’t have a weapon. And then it evolved into which role a prisoner would have during male-on-male prison sex. The one with the really low pants is the submissive one. You get my point?”

2) Using the N-word. Lemon insisted that the black community stop thinking that by using the N-word, they were “taking it back.” He claimed that it perpetuates the stereotype that the “master” intended.

3.) Respect where you live. “Start small by not dropping trash, loitering in your own community. I’ve lived in several predominantly white neighborhoods and never see loitering.” Lemon noted that in Harlem, the pre-dominantly black neighborhood where he currently lives, he sees adults and children dropping trash everyday, even with garbage cans placed throughout the neighborhood.

4.) Finish school. “Stop telling kids they’re ‘acting white’ because they go to school or speak proper English.” Lemon turned to statistics to validate his point: a high school dropout makes an average of $19,000, a high school graduate makes an average of $28,000 per year, and a college graduate makes an average of $51,000 per year.

5.) Don’t have kids out of wedlock. “Just because you can have a baby, it doesn’t mean you should, especially without planning for one or getting married first. More than 72% of children in the African American community are born out of wedlock—that means absent fathers. And the studies show that lack of a male role model is an express train to prison. and the cycle continue.”

People took to Twitter to disagree with Lemon and started an ironic hashtag called #donlemonlogic that made fun of Lemon’s points.