Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley was booed last weekend at the Netroots Nation conference by black activists when he said, "Black lives matter, white lives matter, all lives matter.”
O’Malley ended up apologizing for his statement, but Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said today that O’Malley should not have offered an apology (video below), reports The Washington Post.
When Bush was asked about the incident in Gorham, New Hampshire, he shrugged and said:
No, for crying out loud, no. I mean, we’re so uptight and so politically correct now that we apologize for saying "lives matter?" Life is precious. It's a gift from God. [Unintelligible) I frankly think that it's one of the most important values that we have.
I know in the political context, it's a slogan, I guess. Should he apologize? No. He believes that white lives matter, which I hope he does, then he shouldn’t have apologized to a group that seemed to disagree with it. Gosh.
However, it's not the beliefs that "all lives matter" or "white lives matter" that offends black activists, but rather that those slogans have been used as pushback against the #BlackLivesMatter movement, notes Fusion.
#BlackLivesMatter was created in response to the white police killings of Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice and other African-Americans.
Judith Butler, a philosopher at the University of California, Berkeley, told The New York Times earlier this year, "If we jump too quickly to the universal formulation, 'all lives matter,' then we miss the fact that black people have not yet been included in the idea of 'all lives.'"