The president of Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts recently apologized for an email that she sent out. That's probably a good thing, right? Maybe the email contained a hateful message, or it was hurtful in some way... Maybe the email contained a message that was just wrong.

No, that isn't true at all. The email that the president of Smith College was apologizing for wasn't hurtful at all. Instead, the email had contained the subject line: "all lives matter". That was it. The email was supposed to be supportive of the Ferguson and New York protesters, and it really upset the masses.

The email that was sent out was not supposed to contain the message that "all" lives are important and valued, but rather that "black" lives matter. You see, it is black lives that the protesters are looking to protect, and they don't want anyone thinking differently. An unnamed student replied to the email with: “It minimizes the anti-blackness of this the current situation; yes, all lives matter, but not all lives are being targeted for police brutality.”.

Wow. What a big deal. What a big mistake. Right? Is it really so wrong that the president of a college wanted to share the message that all lives are important? In this time of violence and fights, are we really going to stand up only for black lives? Sophomore Cecelia Lim was very disturbed by the email, she said “It felt like she was invalidating the experience of black lives.”.

It seems that Smith College has a history of being progressive and not standing for anything but the progressive lifestyle and beliefs. Maybe those who received the email were afraid that the president of this college was actually standing up for the unborn, for the elderly, for the vulnerable. They wouldn't want such a school to stand up for those sorts of people, would they? At least one student tried to offer some support: “She acknowledged her mistake,” said sophomore Maria Lopez after a student vigil led by McCartney.

It is sad that someone would have to apologize for sending out the message that "all lives matter", no matter what school they are working for and no matter what group of people they were looking to support. It is sad that the focus right now is on standing up only for the blacks and not standing up for anyone who might be mistreated or need our support.



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