Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis laid into the Black Lives Matter protest movement for not highlighting Black-on-Black crime in a Facebook video that went viral April 2.
“…We keep screaming, ‘Black Lives Matter!’ If they really matter, than let’s do ourselves a favor, let’s stop killing Black folks,” said Lewis.
As of now, the video is at 3.7 million views.
This is not the first time Lewis has gone after Black Lives Matter. Back in September of 2015 he called out the movement for focusing on the wrong issues.
“Remove the word Black and say, ‘Lives matter,’” he said, referencing to the Black Lives Matter movement. “Stop sending mothers back home empty. You can never replace a mother’s child. If we want Black lives to matter, let’s make it matter to us. That’s the new call.”
Lewis went on to say, “Let’s take it back to when we once understood what slavery was all about, slavery was about togetherness and understand that we must overcome together, not that we must separate ourselves to highlight our skin color.”
Documentarian and media personality Tariq Nasheed, commented on Lewis’ Facebook page that we should get to the root of the problem with White supremacy then focus on Black issues.
“Let’s replace the system of White supremacy FIRST and then start preaching about ‘Black problems’ because every single negative issue in Black society is created, controlled and orchestrated by the White supremacists. If there is an exception, let me know,” he said.
Lewis, famously faced double homicide charges after a Super Bowl game in Atlanta. He ultimately pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice.
The response from Twitter was swift. Baltimore activist, Lawrence Brown, tweeted, “It’s time for Ray Lewis to practice what he preaches & say: “BlackLivesMatter so much to me, I’m going to confess.”
Lewis, however, did have some supporters. A user by the name of Black Conservative wrote on Twitter, “The problem w/#BlackLivesMatter is that it (rarely) holds CRIMINALS responsible for their actions. This is what @RayLewis is saying.”