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O'Malley Booed Saying "All Lives Matter"

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Stephen A Smith · @stephenasmith

21st Jul 2015 from TwitLonger

I didn't hear Gov. Martin O'Malley's interview. And I'm not debating the significance of "Black Lives Matter." I'm a BLACK MAN! I know this. Nor am I focusing on O'Malley's words or context itself. That's really not the issue to me. The issue is: as much as attention was so desperately aimed towards "Black Lives Matter," where is all this noise when Black folks are getting killed in our communities every single day? Does it only matter when we're getting killed OUTSIDE OF OUR COMMUNITY, by folks who look differently than us? That was my point. It IS my point. It will REMAIN my point. And I'm not changing my position one bit. Whatever context O'Malley made in saying "All Lives Matter" is his issue to deal with. The same could be said for Hillary Rodham-Clinton when she alluded to that weeks ago. But it still does not negate the point that if we've reached a point where a PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE is forced to apologize and engage in clarification when choosing to say "ALL LIVES MATTER" -- while a few Black Folks are allowed to reign terror throughout our own community by killing one another with nary a word said about it, then the problems that truly permeate the Black Community will never be resolved. It's the truth. Deal with it. No Black Man with a soul would dream of attacking the movement that is "Black Lives Matter." I'm certainly not doing any such thing. I never will. Just make sure I hear #BlackLivesMatter ALL the time. Specifically, when we're getting killed by one another.

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