‘I Thought Black Lives Mattered?’ Mayor Eric Adams Slams The Activist Movement Over New York City Crime

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When asked how his administration would get a handle on an uptick in shootings, NYC Mayor Eric Adams criticized the Black Lives Matter movement for failing to mount large-scale protests against ongoing gun violence, Politico reports.

“If Black lives matter, then the thousands of people I saw on the street when [George] Floyd was murdered should be on the streets right now stating that the lives of these Black children that are dying every night matter,” Adams said. “We can’t be hypocrites.”

Adams was speaking on NY1 about the arrest of Frank James, who is accused of carrying out the shooting on a Brooklyn subway car Tuesday, when he was asked about more than a dozen other incidents of gun violence that happened in other parts of the city Tuesday night through Wednesday morning and what he would do to get a handle on crime.

“By being consistent with our message. Here is my question that I put out to the city: I thought Black lives mattered. Where are all those who stated Black lives matter?” he asked in response. “Then go do an analysis of who was killed or shot last night. I was up all night speaking to my commanders in the Bronx and Brooklyn. The victims were Black. Many of the shooters were Black.”

“Why are 16, 17, 18-year-olds out on our streets armed with guns at 12:00 or 1:00 a.m.?”


  1. Everyone knows that they really don’t matter. It was a political slogan, like so many others.
    In order to matter, two changes must take effect:
    1. The blacks have to care about their own lives, and not only when a policeman is about to shoot a criminal. They have to quit murdering their own people, whether through shootings, or via drugs. Good luck with this one.
    2. They have to actually respect the lives of others, which they don’t seem to. Why would their lives matter to me, if mine is worthless to them? Good luck with this one, as well.

    So, basically, it’s a catchy phrase, nice acronym, and many many graffiti and murals. Oh, yes, it’s also a call to looting and destruction, when someone like St. George of Minneapolis gets hurt, while resisting arrest.

  2. So Mr. Mayor, seemingly blacks lives do not really matter that much to thise: they’re just seeking an outlet to riot, pillage and cast fear unto the law-abiding citizenry. They must be quelled at once and challenged AS YOU DID. We New Yorkers and patriotic, law-abiding citizens of this great country deserve better. It’s about time someone called them out! Where is Dumb Al and Reverend I-spit-into-white-people’s-food Dzakson? Where’s 100 Black Officers, where’s the racist SQUAD in Congress? They’re phonies and need to be called out on it once and for all.

    • Adams has been saying things like this for a long time. And he is right. Most of the defund police advocates are well off white folks who live in low crime neighborhoods.


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