Lemon To Crews: Black Lives Matter “Is About Police Brutality… Not About What’s Happening In Black Neighborhoods”

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On Monday, CNN host Don Lemon told actor Terry Crews what he deems as the meaning of the Black Lives Matter. Lemon claimed the movement is about police brutality and has nothing to do with black-on-black gun violence.

Crews has come under fire for recent tweets noting that he wants to “unite people” regardless of race, creed or ideology, saying he doesn’t want the Black Lives Matter [BLM] movement to morph into “Black Lives Better.” Crews told Lemon that he was issuing a warning that BLM might be going too far, as leaders have made demands and threatened violence if they don’t get what they want, Fox News reported.

“Black lives do matter, but, when you’re talking about an organization, you’re talking about the leaders. You’re talking about the people who are responsible,” Terry Crews said, but Don Lemon interrupted to say Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was once seen as extreme.

Crews brought up a surge in “black-on-black” gun violence that left multiple children dead since June 20. “The Black Lives Matter movement has said nothing about this,” Crews insisted. “Black people need to hold other black people accountable.”

Lemon argued that the BLM movement isn’t about black-on-black crime.

“The Black Lives Matter movement was started because it was talking about police brutality. If you want an all Black Lives Matter movement that talks about gun violence in communities, including Black communities, then start that movement with that name,” Lemon said. Continued Below

“But, that’s not what ‘Black Lives Matter’ is about. It’s not an all-encompassing. … If someone started a movement that said ‘cancer matters,’ and then someone came and said, ‘Why aren’t you talking about HIV?’ It’s not the same thing, we’re talking about cancer,” Lemon continued.

“So the Black Lives Matter movement is about police brutality and injustice in that manner, not about what’s happening in black neighborhoods. There are people who are working on that issue, and if you want to start that issue, why don’t you start it? Do you understand what I’m saying?” he asked Crews.

“When you look at the organization, police brutality is not the only thing they’re talking about,” Crews pointed out. Video Below

“I know that, but I agree, but that’s not what the Black Lives Matter movement is about, Terry, Black Lives Matter is about police brutality and about criminal justice,” the CNN host insisted. “It’s not about what happens in communities when it comes to crime– black on black crime. People who live near each other, black people, kill each other. Same as whites. … It happens in every, single neighborhood.”

When Crews tried to respond to explain what the Black Lives Matter movement stands for, Lemon cut him off and ended the segment.

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