Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Thursday that "Black Lives Matter" is a "slogan" and that Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley should not have had to apologize to activists for using the words "all lives matter" instead, NBC News reported.
"We're so uptight and so politically correct now that you apologize for saying lives matter? " he told a reporter in New Hampshire. "Life is precious. It's a gift from God. I frankly think that it's one of the most important values that we have. I know in the political context, it's a slogan, I guess."
O'Malley apologized over the weekend after being booed at a progressive conference for saying "Black lives matter. White lives matter. All lives matter."
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Some progressive activists argue that using the phrase "all lives matter" ignores the specific injustices faced by African-Americans.