The Black Lives Matter movement, which became well-known after several citizens of color were reportedly mistreated and even killed by police officers because of their race, has caused somewhat of a divide between certain groups of American people. Many have referred to these activists as “extremists looking for handouts” and accused them of hating cops.
At a recent pro-Trump rally, a group of Black Lives Matter activists crashed the event with original intentions to protest. At first, they walked the streets chanting “Black Lives Matter.” In the beginning, there was a lot of tension between the BLM group and Trump supporters.
However, after the protesters were invited on stage by a Trump supporter to let them share their message, things took a drastic turn that no one expected. The leader of the BLM group happily accepted the invitation.
He stated, “I am an American and the beauty of America is that when you see something broke in your country, you can mobilize to fix it...We are not anti-cop. We are anti-bad cop...We don’t want handouts, we don’t want anything that’s yours...We want our God-given right to freedom, liberty and the pursuit of happiness...All lives matter, right? If we really want to make America great, we do it together.”
The rally ended with unity, people from both sides chanting, “USA!”
Later in an interview, the BLM leader reiterated similar words to President Trump's thoughts of Democrats and Republicans needing to actually work together, “It kind of restored my faith in some of those people because when I spoke truths, they agreed. I feel like we made progress, I feel like two sides that never listen to each other actually made progress today...I think we really made some substantial steps.”
He continued by admitting he did not expect this outcome himself; he expected “insults” and “dirty looks.” He wants people to know, “I hope that they understand that one of the leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement is a proud American and a Christian, who cares deeply about this country, who cares deeply about the people in it...we come from a place of love.”
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