What a disgusting person Kathleen McCartney, President of Smith College, must be. Can you imagine the sheer evil that must be coursing through her veins, to say something like… “All Lives Matter”?
“We are united in our insistence that all lives matter,” wrote McCartney in an email which she sent out to the entire University family showing her support for the protests which began after the grand jury decisions not to indict police officers in Ferguson or New York had “led to a shared fury… We gather in vigil, we raise our voices in protest.”
The audacity of this woman must know no bounds.
Sadly, Ms. McCartney was forced to apologize for the horrible statement within hours of saying it. McCartney was trying to show solidarity with her students who had become caught up in the problems of Ferguson and New York. What she did not realize was that “All Lives” do not matter…. No, according to her students, only “Black Lives Matter.”
In response to student backlash, McCartney apologized in another campus-wide email Friday, saying she had made a mistake “despite my best intentions.”
She wrote that the problem with the phrase lay in how others had used it.
“I regret that I was unaware the phrase/hashtag “all lives matter” has been used by some to draw attention away from the focus on institutional violence against Black people,” she wrote.
She also published some of the student complaints about her original email.
One student said, “It minimizes the anti-blackness of this the current situation; yes, all lives matter, but not all lives are being targeted for police brutality. The black students at this school deserve to have their specific struggles and pain recognized, not dissolved into the larger student body.”
Another student, Cecelia Lim said “it felt like she was invalidating the experience of black lives.”
Thankfully there are people out there who aren’t idiots. Like Greg Lukianoff, President of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) said it best…
“It’s hard to challenge minds while walking on eggshells.” He also added, “It’s getting increasingly difficult to figure out what you can say on the modern campus, even for university presidents… Too many of today’s students want freedom from speech rather than freedom of speech.”
He is 100%, exactly correct.
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