Abraham 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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