The distinction between the saying “Black life matters” and “all lives matter” has emerged as something of a cultural dividing line in the midst of the national debate on racial equality that has begun in recent weeks. The phrase “black matter life” has become widely used in recent years as a way to draw attention especially to deadly meetings between black Americans and police.
“Forgive me for pushing you, sir,” said anchor Brian Taff to Pence, “but I will note that you did not say these words, ‘Black life matters,’ and there is an important distinction. Of course, people say all lives matter, but let’s just say that words are a recognition that black lives also matter at some point in this country when there seems to be a section of our society that doesn’t agree. So why not say those words? “
“Well, I don’t accept the fact that Brian has a section of American society that disagrees with the value and importance of any human life,” Pence said. “And that’s one of the reasons we’re making significant reforms to the law, as we’re looking at ways to strengthen and improve public safety in our cities, that we’re not going to stop there.”
Pence continued to note the pre-pandemic of the Black Unemployment Rate and the development of economic “opportunity zones”, adding that the administration is “absolutely determined to improve” the lives of African-Americans.
“And yet, one last time, you will not say the words and we understand your explanation,” Taff replied.
“When you watch a lot of national news outlets these days, Brian, they seem to be more focused every day on what separates us in this country,” Pence said. “And I think the President saw an opportunity with a good sense of humor to challenge once again the narrative of the media.”