Rand Paul: ‘I’m Not a Big Fan’ of Black Lives Matter
Rand Paul: 'Not A Big Fan' Of Black Lives Matter, But I Get 'The Anger' (Talking Points Memo)
Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said while he's "not a big fan" of the Black Lives Matter movement, he said stifling free speech shuts down important conversations about the need to reform the criminal justice system.
"Well, I'm not a big fan of, sort of, 'Black Lives Matter' because I think it sounds like only black lives matter," Paul said Friday on the Fox News show "Outnumbered." "But I have learned a lot about the anger in our cities, and that there's no justification for violence, but there is anger, and we need to understand it."
Paul went on to tell to story of Kalief Browder, a 16-year-old who was arrested and imprisoned in Rikers Island for three years without being convicted of a crime, as a turning point for his understanding the tensions between communities of color and the police.