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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.”.

The video in its entirety is posted below.

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