CNN host Don Lemon has told actor, Terry Crews, that he should start his own movement called “All Black Lives Matter” if he thinks black-on-black violence is an issue.
In an interview, which was more so a display of Lemon’s arrogance and utter disrespect, the Brooklyn Nine-Nine star was lectured at, interrupted, and continually spoken over the top of for his recent criticisms of Black Lives Matter.
According to Lemon, the Black Lives Matter movement does not mean all black lives matter and does not include the lives of black people who have died at the hands of other blacks.
“The Black Lives Matter movement was started because it was talking about police brutality,” Lemon said. “If you want an All Black Lives Matter movement that talks about gun violence in communities including, you know, black communities then start that movement with that name, but that’s not what Black Lives Matter is about.
“It’s not an all-encompassing– so, if someone started a movement that said, Cancer Matters and somebody comes in and says, ‘Why aren’t you talking about HIV?’ It’s not the same thing. We’re talking about cancer. So the Black Lives Matter movement is about police brutality and injustice in that manner. Not about what’s happening in black neighbourhoods.”
When Crews finally got a word in, he rightly said: “When you look at the organisation, police brutality is not the only thing they’re talking about.”
“I agree,” said Lemon, again cutting Crews short, “but that’s not what the Black Lives Matter movement is about, Terry. Black Lives Matter is about police brutality and about criminal justice. It’s not about what happens in communities when it comes to crime, black-on-black crime.”
Over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, at least five children between the ages of 6 and 11 were shot dead across the US. Family members of the victims slammed Black Lives Matter for ignoring black-on-black violence and only caring if a cop pulls the trigger.