During his speech tonight on the shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, President Obama addressed the issue of police officers who feel like the Black Lives Matter movement devalues how much blue lives also matter.
Opponents of #BlackLivesMatter have used #BlueLivesMatter on Twitter and held #BlueLivesMatter protests to express, among other things, their sorrow for police officers who are shot and killed in the line of duty.
Obama said tonight, “To be concerned about these issues is not to be against law enforcement.”
He revealed that he often gets letters from law enforcement asking why “not as much emphasis is made” when cops are shot as opposed to victims of police shootings. The president said the nation should always mourn when any cop dies in the line of duty, and emphasized that there’s “no contradiction” between supporting cops and recognizing there’s a problem in the criminal justice system.
And then he made his point more explicit:
“When people say Black Lives Matter, it doesn’t mean blue lives don’t matter, it just means all lives matter, but right now the big concern is the fact that the data shows black folks are more vulnerable to these kinds of incidents. This isn’t a matter of us comparing the value of lives.”
Watch above, via CNN.
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