There has been a fierce discussion in this country regarding the deaths of young black males in encounters with police officers and and the assassinations of police officers by the aggrieved group.
NFL superstar and Seattle Seahawks defense back Richard Sherman recently weighed in on the conversation during an interview with the sports and culture blog The Undefeated, delivering an incredible message while doubling down on his declaration that “All Lives Matter.”
As for the violence being perpetrated by young black men and the police, Sherman said it was “unfortunate,” saying, “You pray for the families on both sides.”
“It’s frustrating on both sides. Because you understand that police officers have a duty and a job. They sacrifice a lot to protect and serve. And I understand that some don’t do it the right way,” he said. “I also understand that people shouldn’t get killed just because of the color of their skin. They have a right to a trial.”
Sherman said the league, specifically the players, should join together to deliver a common message condemning the violence, particularly black-on-black crime, while working to improve race relations and community-police relations.
As for the Black Lives Matter movement, Sherman admitted having mixed feelings about them because of the disparate message the group exudes.
“Any time you see people who are saying, ‘Black Lives Matter,’ and then saying it’s time to kill police, then it is difficult to stand behind that logic,” he explained. “They are generalizing police just like they are asking police not to generalize us. It is very hypocritical. So, in that respect, I find it difficult to fully support that movement.”
“I stand by what I said that All Lives Matter and that we are human beings,” he continued. “And speaking to police, I want African-Americans and everybody else treated decently. I want them treated like human beings. And I also want the police treated like human beings. I don’t want police officers just getting knocked off in the street who haven’t done anything wrong.”
“Those are innocent lives,” he added.
Sherman also spoke about the struggles of the black community and the notion of systemic racism that some say keep them down, a notion he agreed with to an extent, though he shared his own upbringing in South Central L.A. as an example that hard work, staying out of trouble, and taking care of one’s family can go a long way towards overcoming any systemic obstacles in the way.