Richard Sherman Addresses ‘Black Lives Matter’ Issue, Impostor
There are more outspoken players in the NFL than Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, but it was pretty obvious he did not write a post attributed to him discussing the Black Lives Matter issue over the weekend. The original image posted showed Sherman with his arm around Lynch, with the caption, “When we gon Kill These KKKrakas Bro.” Sherman discussed both the post and the “Black Lives Matter” issue in a press conference Wednesday.
Sherman confirmed that he was NOT the poster that replied with the handle “RSherman25,” and he went on to talk about the issue as a whole.
“A lot of people had sent (the article) to me over the weekend, but I thought this would be the best place to address it. There were some points in that article, or in that post, that were relevant and I could agree with. But there were also some obviously ignorant points in there. I don’t think any time’s a time to call out for an all-out war against police or any race of people. I thought that was an ignorant statement. But as a black man, I do understand that black lives matter. You know, I stand for that, I believe in that wholeheartedly.
“… I also think that there’s a way to go about things, and there’s a way to do things. And I think the issue at hand needs to be addressed internally, and before we move on, because from personal experience, you know, you are living in the hood, living in the inner city, you deal with things, you deal with people dying. Dealt with a best friend getting killed … it was two 35-year-old black men. Wasn’t no police officer involved, wasn’t anybody else involved, and I didn’t hear anybody shouting ‘black lives matter’ then. And I think that’s the point we need to get to is that we need to deal with our own internal issues before we move forward and start pointing fingers and start attacking other people. We need to solidify ourselves as people and deal with our issues, because I think as long as we have black-on-black crime and, you know, one black man killing another. If Black Lives Matter, then it should matter all the time. You should never let somebody get killed — that’s somebody’s son, that’s somebody’s brother, that’s somebody’s friend. So you should always keep that in mind.
… there’s a lot of dealings with police officers right now. I don’t think all cops are bad. You know, I think there’s some great cops out there, who do everything in their power to uphold the badge and uphold the honor and protect the people in society. But there are bad cops, and I think that also needs to be addressed. I think the police officers we have right now —you know, some of it is being brought to light, because of video cameras, everybody has a camera phone. But these are things a lot of us have dealt with our whole lives. And I think right now is a perfect time to deal with it. The climate we’re in … everybody’s being more accepting, you know, so I think the ignorance should stop. I think people realize that, at the end of the day, we’re all human beings. So, you know, before we’re black, white, Asian, Polynesian, Latino — we’re humans. So, it’s up to us to stop it.”
The biggest line that’s being discussed the most from his press conference is “If Black Lives Matter, then it should matter all the time.”
No matter how far left or how far right you are politically, there’s something to pick at no matter who is speaking about racial issues because it’s a sensitive subject that no one has all the answers to. The reason for that – because none of us are able to walk in everyone’s shoes. Not all of us live in the inner city, and not all of us live far from the inner city. The fact is – it’s all about fear, from both sides, and if we haven’t figured out that the media is at least one-third to blame, then we have much more to learn than I thought.
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