How the Candidates View 'Black Lives Matter'

During the Democratic National Convention Hillary Clinton invited nine mothers who have lost children by violence to speak. As the women spoke, the Chicago Tribune reported that many delegates were moved to tears and that many were shouting “Black Lives Matter.”
"Put ourselves in the shoes of young black and Latino men and women who face the effects of systemic racism and are made to feel like their lives are disposable." — Hillary Clinton

Clinton criticized for saying “all lives matter.”

Clinton had faced criticism from black activist, most notably following a speech she gave at a black church in Ferguson, Missouri when she said “all lives matter.”
Donald Trump has been critical of the Black Lives Matter movement and has linked the movement to the shooting of police officers. Trump has also accused the group of “dividing America.”
"The first time I heard it [‘Black Lives Matter’] I said ‘You have to be kidding. I think it’s a very, very, very divisive term. There’s no question about it. "— Donald J. Trump

Gary Johnson and Jill Stein support Black Lives Matter movement

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson has said that he believes the country is “coming to an understanding with regards to Black Lives Matter.” Describing his own feelings about the value of Black Lives Matter, Johnson said:
"What it has done for me is that my head's been in the sand on this. I think we've all had our heads in the sand. And let's wake up. This discrimination does exist, it has existed, and for me, personally, slap, slap, wake up." — Gary Johnson
Green Party candidate Jill Stein has long been on the record in her support of Black Lives Matter. Over a year ago Stein said, “We’ve much more closely involved with Black Lives Matter and standing up for communities of color, both here at home and overseas.”
According to a recent Pew poll released on July 19, Americans agree that the Black Lives Matter has brought increased attention to racial disparities by a margin of 58% to 35%. At the same time, the poll showed that only 10% agreed that Black Lives Matter has made things better, while 48% think that movement has made things worse. The balance believes that the movement has not changed anything.

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