Screen Shot 2015-09-17 at 9.44.00 AMAbraham Lincoln once said it is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt. And unfortunately, someone who was constantly thrown under the bus by white people because of his cockiness and called a ‘thug’ has some interesting views when it comes to Black Lives Matter.

During a recent press conference, Richard Sherman removed all doubt that he’s just like the rest of the people screaming ‘If black lives matter, why are black people killing each other?’.

Sherman’s conference came about because he was addressing a blog post that was circulating made by someone named King Noble. The blog post misattributed a quote to him.

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.

Speaking specifically about police, Sherman added: “There’s a lot of dealings with police officers right now. I don’t think all cops are bad. 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 out 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, 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. The climate we’re in, everybody’s being more accepting, so I think the ignorance should stop. I think people should realize at the end of the day, we’re all human beings. Before we’re black, white, Asian, Polynesian, Latino, we’re humans.”

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  • mywordsaremypower

    Bob Marley-Jamin (My own cover)

    I think he’s Coonin’
    To think that Coonin’ was a thing of the past;
    He’s Coonin’
    And I know this Coon is a jack-ass

    Black Lives Matter is bringing out the coons, so its all good. When things push forward they cannot come back on board they jumped ship, no saving the lost minds.

  • *NmySkynn70*

    he in his gated community with his “Becky” talking CRAP!! GTFOH!! I have no respect for these men that can’t even wife their own race! Now you wanna throw your two cents in? get out here and DO SOMETHING instead of spoutin’ off your mouth! Use your NFL status as a platform for the greater good!

    • Brad

      Actually, his girlfriend/wife/baby’s mother is a black woman.
      Not to take away from him still making idiotic comparisons and statements.

    • *NmySkynn70*

      i saw a pic of him & his gf/wife/baby mamma on vacay on some island (hawaii possibly) & she looked anything but black (could hispanic or bi-racial) . . .

    • Noirluv45

      She’s biracial, but I think she looks like a light-skinned Black woman.

    • *NmySkynn70*

      could be true, because as you said, black comes in various shades of skin, have various eye colors, and hair textures. I truly don’t know, when i saw her, she “could possibly” be 1) black or 2)creole, 3) bi-racial or 4) black, given our vast and different intertwined familial lineages. But you know how they roll when they get notoriety (black male athletes, entertainers, etc.) they seek out non-black women, and to me that seems disconcerting. I can’t support that type of coonery, i like black men in the spotlight who are proud of who they are and where they come from, not the kind that run to every Becky or Kim K. type woman to wife, make their baby mamma, etc. I know love is love & sometimes you can’t help who you fall in love with. But to me, in these specific types of relationships, it’s all about superficiality (long hair, light skin, etc., as if they are too good all of a sudden for black women). Just my two cents . . .

    • Noirluv45

      Agreed. Yes, I sure do know how they roll, Nmy! I’m with you all the way. I’ve always questioned the “love’ narrative in many of these instances. They also seem to find a certain “type” to “fall in love” with. It’s just ironic that these women all look alike. I think they seek them out like a lot of Black men. It’s their “preference.” I’ll throw my two cents in with yours. :-D

    • *NmySkynn70*

      thnx sista!! glad we r in agreement :-)

    • Noirluv45

      >>right here<< :-D

    • Brad

      My point was she is not white, bi-racial maybe but, not white, she was more than likely raised and identifies herself as a black woman.

      Yes, there is a type in what is usually shown in the media but, I can’t say that the majority of black athletes and celebrities date and marry bi-racial, white or racially ambiguous woman.

      Not defending it cause I know I always had a reverse brown bag test myself. Wasn’t trying to check for a sister unless she had two(2) black parents and was at least the complexion of Debbie Morgan(the 80’s) ;-)

    • *NmySkynn70*

      point well taken & thnx for clarifying that she wasn’t who i initially stated she was (a “Becky”) and thnx for your insight ;-)

    • Brad

      Sad to think that maybe it can be categorized as progress that at least she isn’t “full” Becky(lol).

    • *NmySkynn70*

      :-)

    • Noirluv45

      She’s biracial (White mother/Black father).

    • Brad

      I looked at several more of her pics and the one thing she is, is skinny, painfully so.

    • Noirluv45

      I thought that same thing, Brad.

  • Well thought is apparent the disunity among some advocates not only problem. Intimidation of social disparities facing new era of “awakening” for some. Black community before you exclusively identify crime where generated from. Repeated felons paradon: harassing communiites they only see immediate perception you don’t have be specific. Arsen tell us a “resolution” favor new revolution economics exernalism is false you’ll read what? Referring so called awareness, contradiction protecting the cause of blight, going for decades how can destroy the gangs and
    crime? Only, speaking wasting time audience endured hardships time become citizens not heritage. NAPO retaliation discourage assistance “Black community” ideal only Ice Cube,Oprah and Diddy to assist the movement. Hip hop needs to stop!

  • Kamala Jones

    Richard Sherman is right. Go amongst virtually any group of Black folks and mention a Black on Black crime and see the reaction or lack thereof. But, go and mention a White person especially a White cop committing a crime against a Black person and watch the reaction.