President Obama Explains That #BlackLivesMatter Doesn’t Mean All Other Lives Don’t

Honestly it’s beyond frustrating that people either cannot understand or refuse to see what the #BlacksLivesMatter movement is about. The most common response are those who will say, “Why say Black Lives Matter and not just say All Lives Matter…”

Well, today President Obama weighed in with his thoughts while attending a forum hosted by the Marshall Project

[Black Lives Matter] started being lifted up as these folks are opposed to police, and they’re opposed to cops, and all lives matter. So the notion was that somehow saying black lives matter was reverse racism or suggesting that other people’s lives didn’t matter or police officers’ lives didn’t matter.

And whenever we get bogged down in that kind of discussion, we know where that goes — I mean, that’s just down the old track.

So let me just suggest this: I think everybody understands all lives matter. Everybody wants strong, effective law enforcement. Everybody wants their kids to be safe when they’re walking to school. Nobody wants to see police officers who are doing their job fairly hurt. Everybody understands it’s a dangerous job.

I think the that reason that the organizers used the phrase “black lives matter” was not because they were suggesting nobody else’s life matters. Rather, what they were suggesting was there is a specific problem that is happening in the African-American community that’s not happening in other communities. And that is a legitimate issue that we’ve got to address.

It’s pretty simple, nothing mind-bending behind the meaning. I can’t help think that if you can’t understand that then you just have a problem with “Black Lives”. Now that may sound harsh, but it is what it is.

No one has a problem with #FuckCancer and #BreastCancerAwareness hashtags. You don’t see people responding to those hashtags saying, “What about #FuckHIV?”

 

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Elisabeth Hasselbeck Indirectly calls #BlackLivesMatter a Hate Group

Seriously, a hate group???

Monday morning ‘Fox & Friends’ host Elisabeth Hasselbeck asked the following question to conservative commentator Kevin Jackson

“Kevin, why has the #BlackLivesMatter movement not been classified yet as a hate group?”

Hasselbeck asked. “I mean, how much more has to go in this direction before someone actually labels it as such?”

Let me start by saying what has been repeated several times, #BlackLivesMatter in no way states that all other lives do not matter. For example, there are hashtags like #CancerSucks and #CancerSurvivor. Does that mean those who support these hashtags are saying that AIDS/HIV doesn’t suck or that HIV survivors don’t matter?

Yeah, think about for a minute…

Now, getting back to Hasselbeck, she asked the question about Black Lives Matter being a hate group based on the unfortunate events surrounding the murder of a Texas Sheriff Deptuy Darren Goforth. This is a tragedy but it did not happen as a result of the Black Lives Matter movement, it’s a result of a nutbag!

Labeling #BlackLivesMatter as a hate group and putting it on the same level as known hate groups like the KKK is just another distraction to avoid addressing police brutality.

I would ask Hasselbeck and Kevin Jackson how much more has to happen before they acknowledge there is a problem with police shootings? And not just shootings involving Blacks, but EVERYONE!

Update: Hasselbeck tweeted Tuesday evening, “My question was NOT my opinion it was for my guest & was @ the St Paul group (NOT entire BLM) calling for cops to be ‘fried like bacon.”

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Did Darren Wilson Deserve to Lose His Job?

After reading the Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart’s piece ‘Hands up, don’t shoot’ was built on a lie and the DOJ‘s report on the shooting of Michael ‘Mike’ Brown, I found myself asking the question; Did Darren Wilson deserve to lose his job?

Yes, I know Wilson technically resigned from the Ferguson Police Dept, but I think it’s safe to say that he had no other choice after all the protest. And, no this is not meant to make the comparison between Brown being dead and Wilson no longer having a job.

This is about a false narrative that spurred on a movement (#BlackLivesMatter), a movement that has purpose, but as Capehart points out a movement that started out with “an inappropriate symbol”. 

And if Mike Brown is “an inappropriate symbol”, is it right to continue to vilify Wilson and refer to him as someone who, “crawled from under a rock….”?

We need to do better and not jump to conclusions without all the evidence first.  If we continue to push these false narratives, we will only destroy our credibility.

 

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!