After the officer-related shootings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota this week, President Barack Obama sought to quash concerns that to say “Black Lives Matter” negates that “Blue Lives Matter,” too.
Speaking from Warsaw Polandon Thursday night, Obama said, “To be concerned about these issues is not to be against law enforcement.”
Opponents of the “Black Lives Matter” movement have created a “Blue Lives Matter” narrative on social media. Rallied and protests have also been held to raise awareness about officers who have lost their lives while on the job. A new narrative has also been created to suggest it isn’t just black lives or blue lives that matter, but instead, “All Lives Matter.”
Obama acknowledged that, when “Black Lives Matter” protests break out, he sometimes receives “well-meaning letters” from police officers asking him why they are “under attack” and why “not as much emphasis is made” of cops being shot.
Obama then went on to say, “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.”
When he made the previous statement he forgot to mention the data that shows a majority of African Americans are being killed by other African Americans. This homicide statistic isn’t composed of only police officers and white people targeting and killing blacks.
Watch the president’s remarks below: