We know that the so-called Black Lives Matter movement does not like anyone saying that ALL lives matter. Liberal Martin O’Malley even apologized for saying it. But that was his weakness. O’Malley could have stood his ground.
Richard Sherman, a cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks, was recently caught up in a social media storm. The set-up is bizarre. Someone created a meme that depicted Sherman and teammate Marshawn Lynch with the caption “When we gon Kill These KKKrakas Bro.”
Railing against the meme, a Sherman impostor responded with a rant on personal responsibility, black-on-black crime, “senseless black shootings of whites and police officers,” and other politically incorrect comments.
The real Sherman held a press conference to set the record straight.
“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…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.”
Some of those same liberal critics must have been stunned at this point. They probably expected the high-profile football player to condemn the fake Sherman’s rant and declare undying loyalty to Black Lives Matter. He did not.
“We need to solidify ourselves as people and deal with our issues,” he said, “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.”
In other words, Sherman spoke of personal responsibility, black-on-black crime…
Sherman said he wished more athletes would try to “encourage these kids to stay out of the streets, stay out of gang violence, stay off these drugs, and stay in school and do your best to come up with the next great idea, be the next entrepreneur instead of some of the goals these kids have in inner cities.”
Good for him. Let’s hope he doesn’t backtrack or apologize. I can imagine the hate mail he’s getting.