Rep. Ellison: ‘When You Say All Lives Matter - You Are Ignoring…American Racism’

By Eric Scheiner | November 2, 2015 | 12:20pm EST
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) on CNN's 'State of The Union.' (Screengrab)

( - Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) says, “When you say ‘all lives matter’ you are ignoring centuries of institutionalized American racism.”

Ellison was part of a panel discussing the Black Lives Matter movement on CNN’s State of the Union program on Sunday.  The Democratic lawmaker got into a debate with Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) when she said, “I think the conversation needs to be all lives matter.  Whether it’s black lives or blue lives or infant lives.”


“When you say ‘all lives matter’ you are ignoring centuries of institutionalized American racism,” Ellison said. “You cannot ignore the fact that – in your own state, I mean, there was segregation, there was racism, there was slavery. “

“All lives matter,” Blackburn responded.

“Of course they do,” Ellison said. “The Black Lives Matter movement is saying ‘black lives matter also – black lives matter too.’”



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