Obama Defends Black Lives Matter Movement: 'We Have To Take This Seriously'... Alludes to Slavery...
Underneath the “open season on crackas” threats and “pigs in a blanket” chants is a serious movement – President Obama promises.
The president said Thursday the Black Lives Matter movement needs to be taken “seriously” by the American people because of an injustice “happening in the African-American community that’s not happening in other communities.”
Obama made the comments while speaking at a White House forum on criminal justice.
“We as a society, particularly given our history, have to take this seriously,” Obama said, the Associated Press reported. “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.”
The president went on to say the Black Lives Matter slogan should not be interpreted as an attempt to elevate one group of people over another. Instead, he said it was an attempt to bring attention to a “legitimate issue that we’ve got to address.”
The Black Lives Matter movement coalesced over the past three years during racially charged media coverage of the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida; the 2014 shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri; the 2014 death of Eric Garner in Long Island, New York; and the April 2015 death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Maryland.