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Why the Debate Over ‘Black Lives Matter’ and ‘All Lives Matter’ Actually Matters In Reclaiming the Black Narrative

 

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The debate over whether #BlackLivesMatter and #AllLivesMatter has reignited once again in a significant way, providing an opportunity for a nascent Black movement to place their self-worth at center stage.

 

It started at the Netroots Nation presidential candidates’ forum in Phoenix on July 19, when former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and Sen. Bernie Sanders stumbled and fumbled all over the stage when confronted by #BlackLivesMatter activists. In light of the deaths of Black women in police custody— particularly the most recent example of Sandra Bland—the protesters demanded to know if O’Malley would advance a racial justice agenda and dismantle structural racism in the United States.

 

Ultimately, O’Malley was forced off the stage when he said, “Black lives matter. White lives matter. All lives matter.” Since then, other high-profile figures have chimed in.

 

Stephen A. Smith, the ESPN commentator, created controversy when he defended O’Malley, and asked why there is no outrage among “Black lives matter” advocates when “Black folks are killing Black folks.”

 

As was reported in The Blaze, Smith went to Twitter, writing: “I’m a black man. Of course I know #BlackLivesMatter.” He added,  “You can’t boo a presidential candidate just b/c he says ‘all lives matter’.”

 

Ultimately, Smith spoke on his SiriusXM radio show to stand by his remarks, arguing that people should not apologize for saying “all lives do matter.”

 

 

 Further, he suggested that Black people should not be surprised when “people who don’t happen to be Black don’t appear to care about us, when we’re not only not caring about them, but we’re not caring about ourselves enough to bring the same kind of attention to that issue when we’re killing one another.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"I'm just trying to make a way out of no way, for my people" -Modejeska Monteith Simpkins

 

AFRICAN AMERICA IS AT WAR

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICA

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICANS

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

AMERICA'S RACISTS HAVE INFILTRATED AMERICAN POLICE FORCES TO WAGE A RACE WAR AGAINST BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

THE BLACK RACE IS AT WAR

FIRST WORLD WAR:  THE APPROXIMATELY 6,000 YEAR WORLD WAR ON AFRICA AND THE BLACK RACE

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My reply to the "All Lives Matter" crowd

 

One hair on a Black person's head is worth more than a non-Black thousand lives...

 

End debate.

 

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Oh and Stephen A. Smith and all these Black moderates, that wanna flip flop back and forth...there needs to be a line in the sand drawn.

 

Can't stand them, they ruin everything. They galvanize Whites. 

Last edited by GoodMan
Originally Posted by GoodMan:

My reply to the "All Lives Matter" crowd

 

One hair on a Black person's head is worth more than a non-Black thousand lives...

 

End debate.

 

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Oh and Stephen A. Smith and all these Black moderates, that wanna flip flop back and forth...there needs to be a line in the sand drawn.

 

Can't stand them, they ruin everything. They galvanized Whites. 

one eyelash on a beagle is worth 9,000 golden retriever's lives + 2 acres of wheat

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