Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton found herself on the receiving end of a politically correct firestorm after speaking on race issues at a church in Florissant, Mo., near Ferguson. What caused the outcry? Three words: all lives matter.
While speaking at the United Church of Christ, Hillary said:
The truth is equality, opportunity, civil rights in America are still far from where they need to be. Our schools are still segregated. In fact more segregated than they were in the 1960s. Nearly 6 million young Americans between the ages of 16 and 24 are out of school and out of work. Think of that. Neither learning nor working. And the numbers are particularly high for young people of color. Statistics like these are rebukes to the real progress we have made. And they pose an urgent call for us to act publicly, politically, and personally.
We should start by giving all of our children the tools and opportunities to overcome legacies of discrimination to live up to their own God-given potentials. I just saw some of the young people attending camp here at church down in the basement. And I was thrilled to see that because that is the kind of commitment we need more of, in every church, in every place, until every child is reached. And I hope we can take that as a cause for action.
I learned this not from politics but from my mother who taught me that everybody, everybody needs a chance and a champion. She knew what it was like to have neither one. Her own parents abandoned her. By 14, she was out on her own working as a house maid. Years later when I was old enough to understand, I asked her. What kept you going? Her answer was very simple. Kindness along the way from someone who believed she mattered. All lives matter. (Emphasis added.)
Activists were upset over Hillary’s statement that all lives matter because the popular chant and hashtag from “social justice warriors” is “#BlackLivesMatter” not all lives.
— Andrew Whatever (@xvszero) June 23, 2015
If she didn't get a "no" from me before, she sure does now. "@yoauntielikeit Hillary, in a Black church, said "All lives matter." Fam…"
— Pearce (@AMugglesWorld) June 23, 2015
@yoauntielikeit well there goes my hope for her.
— marian (@angrybolivian) June 23, 2015
Not ready for Hillary. Never gonna be ready. Ever.
— BGD (@BlackGirlDanger) June 23, 2015
— Citizen B (@Citizen__B) June 23, 2015
@BlackGirlDanger SHE FUCKING DID NOT. Oh god are you serious?
— Bastard Keith (@BastardKeith) June 23, 2015
I wish we could just skip the election. RT @yoauntielikeit: Hillary Clinton, in a Black church, just said "All lives matter." Fam…
— #JeSuisCharleston (@Carnegro) June 23, 2015