Thursday afternoon the White House held a forum to discuss criminal justice and President Barack Obama adamantly defended the use of “black lives matter” and explained why “all lives matter,” doesn’t exactly work when it comes to the criminal justice system.

“I think everybody understands all lives matter,” the president stated. “I think the reason that the organizers used the phrase ‘Black lives matter’ was not because they said they were suggesting nobody else’s lives matter; rather, what they were suggesting was there is a specific problem that is happening in the African American community that’s not happening in other communities. And that is a legitimate issue that we’ve got to address.”

The president also noted that people need to realize black people aren’t just making these things up in their heads. It’s happening everday.

“One of the ways of avoiding the politics of this and losing the moment is everybody just stepping back for a second and understanding that the African American community is not just making this up, and it’s not just something being politicized; it’s real and there’s a history behind it. And we have to take it seriously,” he insisted.

But he also gave a head nod to those in law enforcement who are actually not going around killing people and “paint with a broad brush; [and to] understand that the overwhelming majority of law enforcement is doing the right thing and wants to do the right thing.”.

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  • The people who promote the Black Lives Matter movement are never saying that no other lives matter. They are opposed to the constant murder of innocent black human lives from the police, racists, and other vicious human beings. The criminal justice system is in shambles. That is why people from across the political spectrum want to abolish the three strikes laws, the mandatory minimum sentencing rules (which is about permitting overt, draconian sentences), and the War on Drugs. We need revolutionary change beyond reform. There is also a serious problem with the police institution filled with those who abuse the law overtly and who have murdered black human lives. Cops are never omnipotent or infallible. That is is why social activists want to advance the policies of jailing crooked cops, abolishing the militarization of the local police, and to end any unjust laws. The prison industrial complex has ruined so many lives. There is no solution without drug treatment, education, reentry programs, mentorships, and other comprehensive actions. The police institution has been filled with corruption, which is why the Black Panther Party existed in the first place during 1966. The President is right on the Black Lives Matter movement’s explanation of Black Lives Matter. We need real change indeed.

    • Mary Burrell

      What’s so hard about asking the police not to kill black people?

    • Exactly. That simple question Sister is a question that the haters of black people don’t want answered. We want the police to act as human beings not as murderers.

    • Rizzo

      when asking the police not to kill black people, it is asking the oppressor not to kill black people — the oppressor has all ‘the power’ and arrogance of the massah.

    • I certainly agree with you. Historically, the police institution is filled with members who oppressed striking workers, who occupied black communities, and who have assaulted and killed black people as well. Power is never voluntarily given to us by the oppressor, so we have every right to oppose evil, stand up for our human rights, and fight against any injustice. Police terrorism is a total abomination and it must be eradicated from the face of the Earth.

  • Mary Burrell

    Why the black lives matter slogan generates so much vitriolic responses from the dominant society just amazes and disgust me.

    • Guest

      I think the vitriolic response is great. If it antigonizes them, then that means you’re doing something right.

  • Chazz A

    In my opinion, the animosity that most Caucasians feel towards the black lives matter movement has a lot to do with their inability to cope with feelings of shame, in reference to their ancestors. They are well aware that the enslavement and oppression of human beings is morally wrong. Yet, somehow they tend to justify it by deflecting those feelings of shame back to the descendants of the enslaved.

    • Rizzo

      i kind of get the impression caucasians feel they were right in the chattel enslavement of black people. i don’t feel caucasians feel any shame in reference to their ancestors, but rather pride. the best thing, i feel, caucasians feel about chattel slavery is that it was a necessary evil — that is as good as it gets.

    • Chazz A

      In order for the slave holder elites to pull off one of the most brutal forms of human oppression ever committed, they had to groom/brainwash the Caucasian masses into excepting slavery as their version of a normal way of life. This has been passed down generation to generation and has led to the feeling pride and necessary evil you stated.

  • Rizzo

    obama and his administration allocated 12 million dollars for assistance to holocaust survivors.

  • ♎Lauren♎

    I can care less about this debate about symantecs. What are you going to do about the problem?!