Stephen A. Smith Defends Martin O’Malley For ‘All Lives Matter’ Comment
Navigating the socio-cultural nuances of a slogan like "Black Lives Matter," born in time when America is learning just how disproportionately police tactics affect the lives of its black citizens, is a risky tightrope walk for a Democratic Presidential candidate. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley learned this the hard way, twisting the phrase to its logical conclusion that lives matter regardless of race.
"Black lives matter, white lives matter, all lives matter," he told the Netroots Nation conference on Saturday. The crowd did not like this.
O'Malley has since apologized for misappropriating the slogan to make a point about the concept that presupposes it, which is that black lives matter because all lives matter. Clearly he struck a nerve.
Stephen A. Smith -- who famously said that all black people should vote Republican to send a message to the Democratic party -- doesn't seem to understand all the outrage. He tweeted this (odd) message out Tuesday afternoon, followed by a six-minute rant on his Mad Dog Sirius/XM Radio program posted on the show's Soundcloud page.
Where is all the noise about #BlackLivesMatter when black folks are killing black folks?
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) July 21, 2015
"'Black lives matter' resonates with us because of what we've endured in our community," he said. "And I'm not saying somebody shouldn't say 'Black lives matter.'"
"What I'm saying is there's nothing wrong with someone saying 'All lives matter'...do you know how that makes us look? Especially when black folks and killing black folks every day?"
"What are we saying? Black lives matter only when we're killed by somebody who is not black?"
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