Quote of the Day:

"It's coming to the point where no lives matter," she said, "whether you're black or white or Hispanic or whatever."

— Jocelyn Jackson, sister of slain Baton Rouge police officer Montrell Jackson


A sobering article describes how Ms. Jackson was in church yesterday, when her pastor asked the congregation to pray for her family. It reports:

Jocelyn Jackson said that she understands the anger behind the movement Black Lives Matter but that "God gives nobody the right to kill and take another person's life." Montrell Jackson, 32, had gotten married in the past few years and had a baby boy he adored, she said.

"It's coming to the point where no lives matter," she said, "whether you're black or white or Hispanic or whatever."

The death of Montrell Jackson reminds us that this is a time for us to say over and over again that all lives matter, and so it was appalling yesterday when Shep Smith of Fox News raked  former Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal over the coals for using that phrase.

The American Thinker has a video and transcript:

Jindal said:

“…Shepard I will say this, look, it, it is time for folks across party lines, across ideological lines to con–to condemn this violence, to condemn this insanity. We gotta come together. We’ve got to say that all lives matter. It doesn’t matter what color you are: Black, white, brown, red, it doesn’t matter. All lives matter. We’ve got to protect and value our belief…”

Smith cuts in to attack Jindal:

“Governor, you know, you know that that phrase you just used is is one that’s seen by many as, as derogatory, right? I, I just wonder why it is that you use that phrase when there’s a certain segment of the population that believes it’s a real dig on ’em.”


“Well, Shepard, it’s not meant to be. The point is we’ve got to move beyond race. Look these police officers, these are, are the men and women that run towards danger not away from it so that we can be safe. It is time for us to be unified as, as a country We’ve to look beyond race. I, I think that’s one, one of the dumbest ways for us to divide people. It’s one of the dumbest way to for us to classify people, or,or categorize people. We shouldn’t be divided, we do need to be united. These are police officers–they don’t care whether you’re Black or white they will run towards danger to protect you. That’s what they swear, that’s, that’s their duty, that’s what they do first. These are heroes.

Smith argues back at Jindal:

“This sounds like two different things to me, governor. I mean, we had, we had an incident involving a Black suspect who was shot and killed. But this is clearly, according to the mayor of Baton Rouge, this is an, this is an ambush of law enforcement officers that’s sending shock waves really across the nation at this moment having nothing to do with anything except innocent officers on patrol and shot dead at a B Quick store on Airline Highway in Baton Rouge.”

The American Thinker comments:

When the phrase “all lives matter” is seen as derogatory, the person holding that view is seriously in need of a course correction.  The idea behind the position seems be that because of victim privilege, only black people have the right to say that their lives matter. Everyone else stands on a different moral plane, so that saying that their lives also matter is an affront to the priority that the victim-race must maintain.

Montrell Jackson, incidentally, was African American.