There have been a number of high profile athletes coming out lately and calling on us all to work together (see Lebron James Goes Against #BlackLivesMatter Grain: It’s Time to Look in the Mirror… and Michael Jordan Donates $1 Mil to Support Police… BlackLivesMatter RAGE!). You can add Seattle Seahawk Richard Sherman to the list.
This isn’t the first time the cornerback has spoken out on #BlackLivesMatter. A fake meme that many in the blogosphere thought was real led him to comment on the movement. This is, however, the first time he said the three most offensive words in the English language…all lives matter.
It’s hard to formulate an opinion and generalize because they have several different messages. Some of them are peaceful and understandable and some of them are very radical and hard to support. Any time you see people who are saying, ‘Black Lives Matter,’ and then saying it’s time to kill police, then it is difficult to stand behind that logic. They are generalizing police just like they are asking police not to generalize us. It is very hypocritical. So, in that respect, I find it difficult to fully support that movement.
I bolded the above because it’s the money quote. BlackLivesMatter doesn’t want police officers to “profile” all black men into one category…while BlackLivesMatter tends to categorize all police officers as racist snotweasels who hunt black men for sport. So good point, Sherman.
I stand by what I said that All Lives Matter and that we are human beings. And speaking to police, I want African-Americans and everybody else treated decently. I want them treated like human beings. And I also want the police treated like human beings. I don’t want police officers just getting knocked off in the street who haven’t done anything wrong.
Those are innocent lives.
This is, you would think, reasonable. He touched on the core issues that #BlackLivesMatter claims to be about, but mentioned where they go wrong, thus making it hard to sympathize and embrace them. I think most on the right can agree. Our issue with BLM, for the most part, is the same with any leftist protest. How much of it is wanting to actually solve a problem, and how much of it is just wanting to protest, destroy things, and trend on social media?
People like Richard Sherman stepping out, taking a more active role, helps with the conversation we need to have. A real conversation.
But he said “all lives matter,” so of course, ALT+RIGHT+OUTRAGE…
Richard Sherman is of the "I'm smart but don't read" variety. those people have dangerous opinions cos they sound intelligent when wrong.
— America's Sweetheart (@JHatesSports) July 27, 2016
Oh, god. Make it stop. // Richard Sherman: As human beings, all lives matter https://t.co/Pqhd5cVoaS
— Gene Demby (@GeeDee215) July 27, 2016
— Capt. Jake Ballard (@kidnoble) July 27, 2016
Yes. Because saying that has human beings “all lives matter” is problematic. But thanks for, as usual, clearing up your priorities, BlackLivesMatter.
Also, the entire BlackLivesMatter movement? Based on some pretty big lies. See for yourself: