Presidential Candidate Ben Carson Says The #BlackLivesMatter Movement Is Silly
Ben Carson may have just lost the attention of many voters for the upcoming 2016 election.
On Friday, Carson, the only Black candidate from both parties, was a guest speaker at “In Defense of Life: Why All Lives Matter,” a conference hosted by Black conservative group Freedom’s Journal Institute (FJI). During the conference he spoke on why he in fact believes Black lives aren’t the only ones that matter, but in fact all lives.
The potential presidential candidates are split in half with their reactions to the Black Lives vs. All Lives Matter slogan. While both Hillary Clinton and other a few other Democratic rivals have shed light on the #BlackLivesMatter movement by including it in their speeches to show their solidarity, other candidates are siding with the All Lives Matter slogan–Carson is one.
He told ThinkProgress he believes the movement is divisive. Earlier in the week, on Tuesday (July 28), Carson further explained his point of view at a rally to defund Planned Parenthood:
“We need to talk about what the real issues are and not get caught up in silliness like this matters or that matters.” “Of course all lives matter. I don’t want to get into it, it’s so silly,” he continued. “Black lives are part of all lives, right? When we’re talking about a culture of life, then we ought to be talking about a culture of life and not allow ourselves to get caught up in all the divisive rhetoric and terminology and political correctness. It’s the reason we can’t make any progress as a society.”
Do you agree with Carson?