Don Lemon, host of CNN Tonight, went on an emotional rant Thursday about how being a black man in the U.S. compels him to be unnecessarily polite to police officers he comes in contact with because he wants to “stay alive.” “I shouldn’t have to do that. I shouldn’t have to be “yes, sir”-ing anybody.

I’m a grown you-know-what man in America,” he said. Lemon added, “I do it because I want to stay alive; that’s why I do it. My white counterparts, they 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.” READ MORE