Crump and Sharpton’s Reaction to Marcus Arbery’s Inspiring Words, ‘All Lives Matter’ – Opinion

We’ve seen two juries wend through a lot to come to just verdicts over this past week in both the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse and in the trial for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery.

Even with all the divisions that left-leaning people were trying to create in the cases, juries were able trawl through the evidence and reach the correct conclusions. That’s as it should be, despite all the political narratives being pushed.

It was something — after having gone through so much — that the father of Ahmaud Arbery gave a speech that was full of grace, that we all should take to heart. He called on people to put aside the division, to embrace a little more love, saying, that indeed, “All lives matter.”


“All lives matter, not just blacks,” Arbery told the media Wednesday after the verdict. “We don’t wanna see nobody go through this. I don’t want to see no daddy watch their kid get shot down like that. So it’s all our problem. It’s all our problem. So hey, let’s keep fighting, let’s keep doing it, and making this place a better place for all human beings, all human beings. Everybody. Everyone deserves love. All human beings need to be treated equally.”

It’s a point you would think everyone could embrace — something upon which we all should be able to agree.

Yet, to folks on the radical left, “all lives matter” is a cardinal no-no that will cause a meltdown. They argue that using that phrase would somehow lead to a decrease in black lives. That’s an argument I never could understand, since it’s implicit within it that indeed “all lives matter.” How does saying “all lives matter” diminish anyone? It is uplifting for everyone. What it does encourage is unity, and that’s something that those who traffic in division can’t have.

If you take another look behind Arbery and his inspiring words, it looks like there’s another tableau going on. You can see after a couple of perfunctory “Amens” from Ben Crump, there appears to be consternation from Crump as his hand goes to his face. Crump’s right-hand man says something to Crump. You can then see Crump touching Arbery, as if to end his comments. Crump and Sharpton exchange glances before the video cuts. They seemed to be trying to end Arbery’s story, and that they were going out of the script. What would happen if everyone actually believed that “all lives matter?” That would put the folks pitching division out of business.

There are many people who believe like Marcus Arbery, but not as many who support radical division. There are far more who will stand for justice — for all — than there are who will not.

There is nothing better to be grateful for than the fact that love and justice still prevails this week, and that it brings comfort to a family who has endured so much.

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