Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. would be "appalled" by the "black lives matter" mantra and "the notion that we’re elevating some lives above others," GOP presidential contender and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says.
In an interview with CNN on Tuesday,
the former preacher said he believes fighters for racial justice shouldn’t be "magnifying the problems," but rather "magnifying the solutions."
"I’ve dealt with race issues my whole life," Huckabee said. "[I] think it’s more of a sin problem than a skin problem."
And he added, "When I hear people scream, ‘black lives matter,’ I think, of course they do. … But all lives matter."
"It’s not that any life matters more than another," Huckabee said. "That’s the whole message that Dr. King tried to present, and I think he’d be appalled by the notion that we’re elevating some lives above others."
The remarks came as video emerged of a tense meeting between Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton and members of the Black Lives Matter movement,
telling them racial reforms will only happen by changing laws, not hearts.
"I’ve fought [injustices] as a governor and 35 years ago as a pastor, integrating an all-white church in the face of death threats," Huckabee said. "I understand how people have great passions," he added, but the way to resolve injustices isn’t by "magnifying the problems. You do it by magnifying the solution," he said.
Black Lives Matters protesters also interrupted Wisconsin GOP Gov. Scott Walker’s speech Monday, focusing on his comments during the Republican presidential debate that police violence could be prevented by better training, Politico reports.
Movement members also crashed rallies
for Democratic candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders, and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, Politico reports.
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