Republican presidential contender Mike Huckabee believes Martin Luther King, Jr. would be "appalled" by the Black Lives Matter movement -- telling CNN that racism is "more of a sin problem than a skin problem." During an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday evening, the former Arkansas governor touted the "all lives matter" mantra and said he was troubled that the movement focuses on one ethnicity. Huckabee added that the late civil rights leader would feel the same.
The point of "Black Lives Matter" ... is that the lives of African Americans have come under special and deadly threat since before the birth of this country. Those who protest police violence directed at black Americans, like those who fought slavery, lynching and other forms of racial terrorism, are not by any rational interpretation saying that white lives matter less. (Although it is indisputable that white Americans' lives are not under institutionalized threat from the police.) They are simply asking that their own lives be treated with equal dignity, respect and protection. That was Martin Luther King Jr.'s message, even if Mr. Huckabee and others on the right edge of white privilege willfully misconstrue it.