Pro football player turned sportscaster Emmanuel Acho has begun an important new series on race and justice called “Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man.” In part one, he explains the goals of his project and answers a few common questions and objections he hears.
In episode 2, he sits down with Matthew McConaughey, who asks what he can do as a white man.
Acho has a great response for those who say “all lives matter” in response to Black Lives Matter, using a coronavirus analogy:
For example, right now we’re facing the world’s greatest pandemic since the Spanish flu. We all know that coronavirus, COVID-19, right now we’re focused on finding a remedy for that illness. We’re focused on finding a remedy for that strain of the flu. That’s not to say that cancer doesn’t matter; it’s not to say that HIV doesn’t matter; it’s not to say that ALS doesn’t matter. All those things still matter but right now the coronavirus is killing people. So on the same token Matthew, that’s what I propose is that once we get these Black lives that are being ended unjustly handled by the grace of God if we can get those handled through conversations like these—and I hope that y’all at home are having—then we can be at a point to focus on everything else.
Watch the full second part below:
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