In the Modern Democratic Party, It’s Controversial to Say “All Lives Matter”

I cannot believe what I see. In the Democratic Party, it is now controversial to say that all lives matter.

At a recent campaign event in Phoenix, Arizona, Democratic Presidential candidate O’Malley discussed police brutality and violence against African-Americans, a topic that has been at the forefront of American politics following the stories of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

The candidate emphasized that all lives matter after a shout of “Black Lives Matter,” but the crowd was not impressed.

CNN-Several dozen demonstrators interrupted the former Maryland governor while he was speaking here at the Netroots Nation conference, a gathering of liberal activists, demanding that he address criminal justice and police brutality. When they shouted, “Black lives matter!” a rallying cry of protests that broke out after several black Americans were killed at the hands of police in recent months, O’Malley responded: “Black lives matter. White lives matter. All lives matter.”

The demonstrators, who were mostly black, responded by booing him and shouting him down.

And later that day, O’Malley apologized for saying that all lives matter. A major public figure apologized  for stating that all lives matter! And it’s not the first time that this has happened to a Democratic Presidential candidate either. Even Hillary Clinton has come under fire for saying that all lives matter.

NPR- Hillary Clinton’s speech Tuesday at a historic black church in Missouri was mostly well-received by the audience, but three words angered some of the activists she was hoping to appeal to….

[S]he’s now facing criticism on social media after using the phrase “all lives matter” — which has been used by some as pushback to the phrase “black lives matter.” The latter phrase, which hung on a banner outside the church, was widely used by protesters in Ferguson and other cities.

Social media was not impressed with Hillary’s “appreciation” for all lives.

This is shocking, and most news outlets simply reported it as a side story and moved on to other things. What could be a more relevant news story than one where a crowd of people shot down a proclamation that all lives matter? I guess a story about a Confederate flag, for one.

I ,for one, really don’t have many words to say to this crowd. If they cannot agree with Martin O’Malley, or myself, or any rational human being that all lives matter, it’s not worth the time to try to convince them otherwise.

However, this does demonstrate something rather disturbing, and very politically incorrect to point out: racism is alive and well in the Democratic Party.

For decades upon decades, racial prejudice was predominately against blacks, and much of that racial prejudice was strongly held by the Democratic Party. In the 21st century though, the pendulum has swung to an opposite extreme, where there is now a visible racial prejudice against whites. In essence, the idea is to combat past racism with more racism (because that always works, right?).

Again I ask, why is it controversial to say that all lives matter? Just think about it for a moment. This simply should not be a controversy.

All lives do matter, not just black ones, not just white ones, not just Hispanic ones, and not just Democratic ones. ALL LIVES MATTER. Each of us has a dignity that is rooted in our very humanity, a certain dignity and worth that places us above the beasts that move upon this earth.

When a life is lost, no matter the race, it is a sad thing. To say that only certain lives matter is inherently racist (and I mean that in the most politically incorrect sense possible). Well, maybe all lives matter, but some lives seem to matter more than others depending on your race.

Let me as this: what if there was a trending hashtag #WhiteLivesMatter? How much outrage would there be from Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, the NAACP (and their fake black members), etc.? Quite a bit I would contend, and whoever publicly supported it would probably never be able to live it down.

So why is there not an equal outrage for saying that only Black Lives Matter? Because that is essentially what this crowd was saying to Martin O’Malley and Hillary Clinton. By publicly denouncing the claim that all lives matter, this crowd showed their true colors. Your life only matters based on your skin color.

I thought we were past placing value on people based on their race, but I was apparently mistaken.

Follow Seth on Twitter: @sconnell1776

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