President Obama Defends Black Lives Matter philton4 January 12, 2018 Black Lives Matter During a White House forum to address criminal justice reform Thursday, President Barack Obama defended the Black Lives Matter movement, saying the concerns of the activists who have marched and protested for change are “legitimate.” Echoing the sentiments of activists who have countered the dismissive “All Lives Matter” refrain, Obama reiterated that while all lives do matter, Black communities are under a specific and unique scourge that needs to be addressed. Using the phrase “Black Lives Matter,” Obama said, does not mean that other lives do not. “I think everybody understands all lives matter,” Obama said. “I think the reason that the organizers used the phrase ‘Black Lives Matter’ was not because they were suggesting nobody else’s lives matter. Rather, what they were suggesting was there is a specific problem that’s 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.” Discussing the conservative rhetoric that aims to derail the movement by aligning it with violence against police officers, Obama made a point to explain that the movement isn’t an attack on law enforcement, rather, it’s about the reality that Black people are often times mistreated by police. “Everybody wants strong and effective law enforcement, Obama said. “Nobody wants to see police officers hurt.” From CBS: But the president said people should also “understand the overwhelming majority of law enforcement’s doing the right thing and wants to do the right thing” and “recognize that police officers have a really tough job and we’re sending them into really tough neighborhoods that sometimes are really dangerous and they’ve got to make split-second decisions.” He said people shouldn’t be “too sanctimonious” about situations that can sometimes be ambiguous. “But having said all that, we as a society, particularly given our history, have to take this seriously,” Mr. Obama said. “And 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.” He continued, giving legitimacy to the calls of Black Lives Matter activists challenging state violence, saying the issues are “real.” “There’s a history behind it and we have to take it seriously,” Obama said. Watch the video above to see Obama’s defense of the Black liberation movement. SOURCE: CBS | VIDEO SOURCE: Inform Watch Roland Martin and NewsOne Now breakdown reaction to President Barack Obama’s defense of the Black Lives Matter movement in the video clip below. Your browser does not support iframes. TV One’s NewsOne Now has moved to 7 A.M. ET, be sure to watch “NewsOne Now” with Roland Martin, in its new time slot on TV One. SEE ALSO: Florida Church Drummer Killed By Cop Had A Gun, But Never Fired It Dems Greenlight Black Lives Matter Presidential Town Hall, But Won’t Add Debates Don’t Miss Our Hottest Stories! Get The NewsOne Flip App for iPhone: Flip, Skip — Or Send Us a Tip! THEY HAVE A NAME: Honoring Those We Lost To Senseless Violence (PHOTOS) 30 photos Launch gallery 1. Jordan Davis Source:Facebook 1 of 30 2. Trayvon Martin Source:Facebook 2 of 30 3. Kendrick Johnson Source:Handout 3 of 30 4. Alaysha Carradine Source:Family Photo 4 of 30 5. Renisha McBride Source:Handout 5 of 30 6. Amanda Todd Source:Facebook 6 of 30 7. Jonathan Ferrell Source:Handout 7 of 30 8. Darius Simmons 8 of 30 9. Shaniya Davis Source:Handout 9 of 30 10. Andy Lopez Source:Handout 10 of 30 11. Joshua Proutey Source:Handout 11 of 30 12. Jonylah Watkins Source:Handout 12 of 30 13. Steven Simpson Source:Facebook 13 of 30 14. Leila Fowler Source:Handout 14 of 30 15. Shaneisha Forbes Source:Facebook 15 of 30 16. D’aja Robinson Source:Instagram 16 of 30 17. Brooklynn Mohler Source:Facebook 17 of 30 18. Ashley Qualls Source:Facebook 18 of 30 19. Nicholeia Taylor Source:Facebook 19 of 30 20. Trayvon Dodd Source:Family of Trayvon Dodd 20 of 30 21. Demarius Reed Source:Google 21 of 30 22. Jasmine Benjamin Source:Facebook 22 of 30 23. Autumn Pasquale Source:Family Photo 23 of 30 24. Antiq Hennis Source:Facebook 24 of 30 25. Caleb Gordley 25 of 30 26. Noel Polanco Source:Facebook 26 of 30 27. Ramarley Graham 27 of 30 28. Marcos Arenas 28 of 30 29. Steven Gregory Grich 29 of 30 30. Joshua Wood Source:Family of Joshua Wood 30 of 30 #BlackLivesMatter , Barack Obama , Black Lives Matter , exclusive video , newsone now , Police Brutality , race , Racism , Roland Martin , Video , White House Source link Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.