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Sheriff, state rep. defend ‘All Lives Matter’ ads questioned by local leaders
- By CASSIE L. SMITH
- Sep 17, 2016
By CASSIE L. SMITH
McLennan County’s top law enforcement officer says he didn’t know the objectives or purpose of the Black Lives Matters movement when he bought a full-page ad in the Sept. 2 issue of the Hometown News that says “All Lives Matter.”
Sheriff Parnell McNamara and State Rep. Charles “Doc” Anderson, R-Waco, each bought ads with the phrase, though both said they were unaware of the other’s purchase at the time.
McNamara said he bought the ad because that’s what he believes.
“I remember talking to someone about ‘All Lives Matter,’ because it aggravated me when someone said ‘All Lives Matter’ is a racial slur. All lives matter. Your life matters, mine, police, John Q citizen. It doesn’t matter what color you are. Every human being has a right to live.”
Jo Welter, Community Race Relations Coalition board chairman, said it does matter what color someone’s skin is, because of unequal treatment.
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Welter said she tries to ignore “All Lives Matter” rhetoric.
“You can say, ‘All lives matter,’ but the fact is throughout our history, and even currently, we do not value black lives as much as we do other lives,” Welter said.
Of all of the unarmed people shot and killed by police in the United States in 2015, 40 percent of them were black men, according to The Washington Post. Black men make up 6 percent of the nation’s population.
McNamara said people can disagree with him all they want.
“That’s my opinion. That’s the way I feel,” McNamara said.
Anderson said he bought his ad because with the 9/11 anniversary approaching, he wanted to remind people the importance of pulling together in a communal mindset and brotherhood.
“This seems to be the trend, or not the trend, but that vernacular in this day and age,” Anderson said about selecting that phrase.
“Black Lives Matter” is divisive and counterproductive, Anderson said.
“It doesn’t help the issues. It’s inflammatory, and I think it’s intended to be so,” he said. “Most members of the black community realize that all lives matter.”
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