Obama perfectly explains the point of the phrase 'black lives matter' By Maxwell Tani October 22,2015REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)
US President Barack Obama has a message for critics of the "Black Lives Matter" movement: You're missing the point.
Toward the end of a public White House discussion about criminal-justice reform, Obama took a moment to push back against detractors who claim that the phrase "Black Lives Matter" — originally coined in reaction to police violence against unarmed African-Americans — discounts the lives of white police officers.
"I think the reason that the organizers use the phrase 'black lives matter' was not because they were suggesting that no one else's lives matter," Obama said. "Rather, what they were suggesting was there is a specific problem that is happening in the African-American community that isn't happening in other communities. And that is a legitimate issue that we have to address. The African-American community is not just making this up. It's not just something being politicized. This is real."