The rhetoric about “all lives matter” has been weak in helping the many police killings being reported. When a celebrity attempts to make the comment, it seems as matters are worst. There is a large group of people that use the saying, in response to the police-black civilian problem in the country.
There have been recent apologies from retired 49er, Jerry Rice and Tigers pitcher, Justin Verlander, because of their feigning ignorance involving the controversy surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement. According to Clifford Harris, Floyd Mayweather also owes the black community an apology. Harris is the popular rapper, T.I., who is a longtime nemesis of Mayweather. The problem for T.I. is that Mayweather continued to use the “all lives matter”, which followed “black lives matter”, which was used to build traction for political conversations.
The first encounter between the two entertainers happened during Memorial Day Weekend in 2014. Both entertainers were at a Fat Burger restaurant in Las Vegas. Their issues led to the two men actually fighting. After this incident, the conflict between the two has never resolved.
Following the “black lives matter” protests, Mayweather was interviewed by The Boxing Voice and supported the statement that “all lives matter”. T.I. was upset, but he kept his composure. The rapper began educating the boxer on what can backfire from saying, “all lives matter”. After subconsciously inserting ‘only’, within the Black Lives Matter, and there previously wasn’t one, T.I. had an aggressive response:
“Yo, @floydmayweather all our past personal differences & opinions of each other aside…. This is socially irresponsible, inconsiderate, & insensitive. It mirrors delusional oblivion in a way only brainwashing tactics can achieve. This completely undermines & discredits the movements that fight for the plights of our people. You’re a leader whether you know it or not. Don’t get so lost in personal possession or individual achievement that you lose sight of the things that are larger than all of us. Freedom, equality, justice, human rights, qualities of life that have been withheld (or given out sparingly) from our people for generations (400 yrs. approximately). A true champion is a man of the people. A true champion makes sacrifices for the people & takes a stand against injustices for those who may not be strong enough or able to do so.”
As a self-proclaimed family man with several black sons, T.I. has been particularly keen on “staying woke” to the happenings of the nation and it has been reflected in his music.