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DeRay Mckesson: You don’t ‘go to a breast cancer rally and yell out colon cancer matters’

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Activist DeRay Mckesson explained to CNN on Monday that diverting the Black Lives Matter message by saying “all lives matter” was like yelling “colon cancer matters” at a breast cancer rally.

During an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo, Mckesson condemned the killing of police officers in Baton Rouge.

“The movement began as a call to end violence,” he pointed out. “And that call remains true today that we fight for a living breathing justice.”

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“It’s hard because what we’ve seen over the last 24 is people condemn the movement without knowing any facts,” Mckesson continued. “And what we said yesterday was that there was more questions than answers. So, the movement has always been rooted in a call to end violence. And like I said, that call remains the call today.”

“My heart goes out to the victims of all violence. We want to live in a world where people don’t die by gunfire. And we want to live in a world where police don’t have militarized weapons and the public doesn’t have access to these militarized weapons either.”

Mckesson also had a message for those who believe that the “black lives matter” slogan should be replaced with “all lives matter.”

“It’s this interesting thing that people are frustrated that black people are focusing on the unique trauma that black people are facing in this country,” he remarked. “And I would never go to a breast cancer rally and yell out colon cancer matters.”

Mckesson added: “And that’s what people are doing here. They are frustrated by the fact that people are focusing on the inequity in justice specially targeted to black people.”

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Watch the video below from CNN, broadcast July 18, 2016.


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Morning show gives airtime to panel of white ‘Karens’ who blame Black Lives Matter for making name a slur

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A British TV news program gave airtime to a panel of white women named Karen who say they have been unfairly maligned.

In a segment on Monday, ITV's Morning Show talked to three women about "memes" that use their name as a slur.

"I just noticed a few memes and TikToks going on and it started of being quite funny," Karen Masters told the program. "And when the Black Lives Matter protests started, there was a lot of media putting Karen as racist. It sort of took on a life of its own."

"And I feel that we can't, as Karens, now talk about how it's affecting us because we are told that we're entitled if we do this," she continued. "So I set up a Change.org [petition] to show that this is not fair for us to have to put up with this."

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Boaters with Trump flag accused of ‘endangering’ SpaceX astronauts after splashdown

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Supporters of President Donald Trump on Sunday were accused of jeopardizing astronauts' return to Earth.

After SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule became the first American spacecraft to splashdown in 45 years, a boat flying the Trump flag was spotted within feet of the astronauts.

The boaters were quickly called out on social media for "interfering" with the mission.

Watch the video and read some of the responses below.

Boat with Trump flag drives past #CrewDragon #SpaceXDragon pic.twitter.com/7slm0Vm4Dl

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‘You should have reported it’: James Clyburn scolds Fox News host over white supremacists inciting violence

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House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) on Sunday accused Fox News host Pete Hegseth of failing to report that white supremacists had attempted to incite violence during Black Lives Matter protests in Portland, Oregon and other places.

"As you know, over the last couple of months, we've seen riots in Portland," Hegseth told Clyburn during an interview on Fox & Friends. "President Trump made it clear, we're going to send federal agents, law enforcement officers there to protect federal property as necessary."

The Fox News host went on to accuse Clyburn of comparing federal agents to "the Gestapo."

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