President Obama delivered a lengthy speech on Wednesday regarding the brutal killings of two Black men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, by police officers. Sterling was shot 6 times by cops in Louisiana, which was captured on video, while Castile was shot 4 times by a cop in Minnesota, in front of his child. The tragedies have sparked protests across the world from celebrities, community leaders, and civilians, who are tired of police brutality.
“All of us as Americans should be troubled by these shootings,” Obama states. “These are not isolated incidents, they are symptomatic of a broader set of racial disparities that exist in our criminal justice system.”
President Obama also spoke on the #BlackLivesMatter movement and clarified what the intentions of the political and social movement are, dispelling much of the beliefs of #AllLivesMatter supporters.
“When people say black lives matter, it doesn’t mean blue lives don’t matter, it’s about us recognizing there is a particular burden placed on a group of our citizens.”
Watch President Obama’s full speech below. Rest in power, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.