Mike Pence says ‘All Lives Matter’ but declined to say ‘Black Lives Matter’ while Acknowledging Juneteenth & George Floyd Tragedy.
While talking to An ABC Network Affiliate in Philadelphia, the 48th Vice President of The United States Mike Pence was asked to say the words ‘Black Lives Matter’, which he declined by saying ‘All Lives Matter in a very real sense’.
In an interview with 6ABC Action News on Friday 19th June, also the day of Juneteenth Holiday in America, Mike Pence talked about current state the country is in and the division in the American society. As he acknowledged Juneteenth and that what happened to George Floyd was a tragedy, he still refused to say ‘Black Lives Matter’ when pushed by the host.
“Let me just say that what happened to George Floyd was a tragedy,” Pence said when asked if he would say the quote ‘Black Lives Matter’.
“And in this nation, especially on Juneteenth, we celebrate the fact that from the founding of this nation we’ve cherished the ideal that all, all of us are created equal, and endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights. And so all lives matter in a very real sense.”
However Juneteenth is a holiday celebrating when the last slave in America was emancipated following the Civil War after nearly a century of the nation’s founding. The phrase ‘Black Lives Matter’ has surged and gained widespread use after the killing of A Black American, George Floyd.
But the Nation has seemed to be divided between ‘Black Lives Matter’ and ‘All Lives Matter’ as the distinction between both has emerged as cultural.
“Forgive me for pressing you on this, Sir,” Anchor Brian Taff said to Pence, “but I will note you did not say those words, ‘Black lives matter,’ and there is an important distinction. People are saying, of course all lives matter, but to say the words is an acknowledgment that Black lives also matter at a time in this country when it appears that there’s a segment of our society that doesn’t agree. So why will you not say those words?”
“Well, I don’t accept the fact, Brian, that there’s a segment of American society that disagrees, in the preciousness and importance of every human life,” Pence said. “And it’s one of the reasons why as we advance important reforms in law enforcement, as we look for ways to strengthen and improve our public safety in our cities, that we’re not going to stop there.
Mike Pence also referred to the pre-pandemic unemployment rate among the Black community and the development of economic zones and more educational opportunities for Blacks by their administration, which he says is still dedicated to improve the lifestyle of African American Community.