Clearly they don’t at Smith. That illustrious girls’ school’s president recently had to apologize for saying such a thing.
The president of Smith College was forced to apologize after she sent out a campus wide email saying â€œall lives matterâ€ instead of the rally cry of Ferguson protestersâ€”â€œblack lives matter.â€
In the original email, obtained by Campus Reform, Kathleen McCartney used â€œall lives matterâ€ in the email detailing the â€œstruggleâ€ and â€œhurtâ€ the Smith community was experiencing following the non-indictment of Officer Darren Wilson, who fatally shot teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
â€œWe gather in vigil, we raise our voices in protest; yet we wake again to news of violence that reminds us, painfully, of the stark reality of racial injustice,â€ McCartney wrote.
McCartney also announced the collegeâ€™s plan to institute a new Chief Diversity Officer to support programs and conversations to advance social justice.
However, it was the subject line that had Smith students up in arms. Students took to social media to chastise McCartney, blaming her skin color for her lack of understanding.
â€œNo, Kathy. Please do not send out an email saying â€˜All lives matter.â€™ This isn’t about everyone, this is about black lives,â€ Sophia Buchanan, a Smith student, said on Twitter.
â€œ[P]eople are upset because…[K]athy (and other white people) clearly doesnâ€™t understand the importance of holding black lives central to the conversation,â€ one student wrote on an anonymous online confessional. â€œBlack lives canâ€™t be central to the conversation if the word black isnâ€™t even in the title.â€
Six hours later, McCartney apologized in a separate email to the student body, according to the Daily Hampshire Gazette. McCartney alleged that she was not aware the term “all lives matter” could be used by some on social media to supposedly counter the “black lives matter” movement. …
Sophomore Cecelia Lim told the news outlet that McCartney should have apologized.
â€œIt felt like she was invalidating the experience of black lives,â€ said Lim.