CNN’s Don Lemon Under Fire After He Says Blacks Shouldn’t Wear Baggy Pants, Use N-Word, Litter

Many on Twitter thought Lemon was simplifying the issue of race in America and ignoring larger issues like education, while imposing his values and ideas of what “respectability” is.

1. Don Lemon was blasted for comments he made on CNN Saturday where he listed five things the black community can do to fix its problems and sided with Bill O’Reilly of Fox News on placing blame on black men.

He said African Americans should stop wearing baggy pants, using the n-word, littering, dropping out of school and having children out of wedlock.

2. He was attacked on Twitter for his comments that put blame on hip-hop culture profiting from “thug” behavior.

@DonLemonCNN there needs to be institutional change for black empowerment. Pulling your pants up does not eliminate generations of racism.

— imadeintruth (@Imade Danger)

@DonLemonCNN I had no books and no teachers for certain courses in high school. But saw the resource officer body slam folks daily.

— imadeintruth (@Imade Danger)

Telling black ppl 2 put education first when lots of schools are just prison feeder institutions - @DonLemonCNN, u gotta go deeper than that

— imadeintruth (@Imade Danger)

9. Lemon responded to the criticism Sunday, where he said he wanted to reclaim the word “Uncle Tom,” which many used to describe him after his initial remarks.

“What is wrong with telling people to dress appropriately? These are things that I said yesterday that my mom taught me in kindergarten… Dress nicely, speak well, speak appropriately,” he said.

10. He also defended himself on Twitter.

11. The criticism only intensified.

@DonLemonCNN So we should leave racism like an abused woman leaves an abuser? I left racism, but it keeps following me calling the police.

— CraigsOverEasy (@CraigsOverEasy)

Yo...dude really said he's reclaiming the term "Uncle Tom." Don Lemon is gunning for those ratings, huh?

— mashclash (@Morgan Collins)

13. And the hashtag #donlemonlogic was born on Twitter.

"@Dontcallme_Tiff: If only trayvon went to whole foods to buy some granola and smart water. #donlemonlogic" in a 3 piece suit...

— mami_chique (@Dee)

Women who have been raped calling themselves "victims" takes away from what's really important: how do the men feel? #donlemonlogic

— Seven_Duece (@Royce)

#DonLemonLogic Child molestation wouldn't be a problem if we just stop having kids America.

— dglspl (

"Racism would not be as bad if Black men kept their hair cut low and Black women straightened theirs." - #DonLemonLogic

— Anti_Intellect (@Anti_Intellect)

on election day, wear a nice tommy hilfiger polo to your polling place to reduce the risk of voter disenfranchisement #DonLemonLogic

— brokeymcpoverty (@Brokey McPoverty)

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Adrian Carrasquillo is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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