Gov. Andrew Cuomo: ‘Every Life Matters’

By CNSNews.com Staff | June 12, 2020 | 2:03pm EDT
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(CNSNews.com) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was asked at a press briefing on Thursday whether he was comfortable with and endorsed the saying “Black Lives Matter.”

“Black Lives Matter has been the rallying cry at a lot of these [protests],” a reporter said to Cuomo. “Is that a saying that you endorse? Is that something comfortable saying publicly?”

“Black lives matter, yeah. Every life matters,” Cuomo responded.

“Black lives matter,” said Cuomo. “And Black Lives Matter makes the point that you have had a string of killing of African Americans, primarily men, but women also—Breonna Taylor--that goes on and on and on and on. And why does the criminal justice system unfairly kill African Americans. That’s what Black Lives Matter is saying.

“You know, it’s not just an abstract concept,
 Cuomo said. “As an abstract concept all lives matter.

“But that’s not what it’s saying. It’s saying: Why does this system devalue black lives? Why are they all—Rodney King, Abner Louima, Eric Garner--why are they always black lives who get violated by the system?” Cuomo said. “Why?

“And they’re right,” he said.

Here is a transcript of the part of Gov. Cuomo’s press conference where he talked about Black Lives Matter:

Reporter: Governor, when there—the rallying cry at this-The rallying cry at these protests has been Black Lives Matter. Black Lives Matter has been the rallying cry at a lot of these. Is that a saying that you endorse? Is that something comfortable saying publicly?

Cuomo: “Black lives matter, yeah. Every life matters. Black lives matter. And Black Lives Matter makes the point that you’ve had a string of killing of African Americans, primarily men, but women also—Breonna Taylor--that goes on and on and on and on. And why does the criminal justice system unfairly kill African Americans? That’s what Black Lives Matter is saying.

“You know, it’s not just an abstract concept. As an abstract concept all lives matter.

“But that’s not what it’s saying. It’s saying: Why does this system devalue black lives? Why are they all—Rodney King, Abner Louima, Eric Garner--why are they always black lives who get violated by the system? Why?

“And they’re right.”

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