College President Sorry for Saying ‘All Lives Matter’

Maxim Lott, Fox News, December 10, 2014

The president of prestigious Smith College is red-faced and apologetic Tuesday for telling students on the Northampton, Mass., campus that “all lives matter.”

Kathleen McCartney wrote the phrase in the subject line of an e-mail to students at the school, whose alumni include feminists Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan, former First Lady Nancy Reagan and celebrity chef Julia Child. McCartney was attempting to show support for students protesting racially charged grand jury decisions in which police in Missouri and New York were not charged in the deaths of unarmed black men.

Protesters have adopted several slogans in connection with the cases of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, including “Black Lives Matter.” McCartney’s more inclusive version of the refrain was seen as an affront that diminished the focus on black lives and racism, according to emails obtained by

“We are united in our insistence that all lives matter,” read the e-mail, in which she made clear she was strongly behind the protests, writing that the grand jury decisions had “led to a shared fury . . . We gather in vigil, we raise our voices in protest.”

But she soon received backlash from students for her phrasing. They were offended that she did not stick with the slogan “black lives matter.”

The Daily Hampshire Gazette, which first covered the story, quoted one Smith sophomore, Cecelia Lim, as saying, “it felt like she was invalidating the experience of black lives.”

In response to student backlash, McCartney apologized in another campus-wide email Friday, saying she had made a mistake “despite my best intentions.”


In her apology e-mail, McCartney also shared some of the student emails she received.

She quoted one student as saying: “It minimizes the anti-blackness of this the current situation; yes, all lives matter, but not all lives are being targeted for police brutality. The black students at this school deserve to have their specific struggles and pain recognized, not dissolved into the larger student body.”

Some who follow campus issues say that the idea of apologizing for saying “all lives matter” shows political correctness is out of control.

“It’s getting increasingly difficult to figure out what you can say on the modern campus, even for university presidents . . . Too many of today’s students want freedom from speech rather than freedom of speech,” Greg Lukianoff, President of Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) and author of “Freedom From Speech” told


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  • dd121

    Take extra tissues and keep crying into the microphone.

  • An egalitarian dorkina vs an anti-white racial tribe.

    Is there a way for both to lose?

    • JustJeff

      Yeah, when we win.

      • Liberal of Liberty

        The only we we or when anyone wins for that matter is when america is equally comprised of every race. Then everyone gets equal representation,…you see its simple mathamatics.

        – “Dont just diversify your portfolio, diversify your life’

        • Anglokraut

          Whites are plenty diverse already: blonde, brunette, redhead. Eyes of blue, green, brown, and hazel. Pale complexion, ruddy, or olive. Curly hair, straight hair, wavy hair. Small noses, broad noses, aquiline noses, snub noses.
          Whites are a showcase of all different kinds of phenotypes. Let’s keep it that way.

          • Liberal of Liberty

            Well im not saying whites have to mate with other social constructs but we being americans are obligated to strive for equality. Also phenotypically whites could use some better jumping ability wont u say?

            – “Dont just diversfiy your portfolio, diversify your life”

          • Anglokraut

            Yeah, no. No, I don’t say. I do say that up-voting your own comments is pathetic, though. I will say that.

          • Liberal of Liberty

            Its because i satnd by what i say

          • BlueSonicStreak

            The comment you replied to was deleted, but I get a good idea of what it said from your replies. Ew.

            Even if white people all looked similar and had exactly the same hair and eye color, we would still have the right to exist. I don’t disagree with your points about our intra-racial diversity, but I almost feel like pointing it out is conceding intellectual ground.

          • RebelliousTreecko

            Wasn’t that bad from what I recall. Seemed like a troll or parody.

            And mods, I wish you wouldn’t censor opposing posts. The idiocy needs to be shown.

  • I think she should be forced to resign. Such racially insensitive comments in light of the black suffering at Ferguson shows that she has no compassion and is unsuited to represent or lead an integrated college.

    • Xerxes22

      She should also prove that her life doesn’t matter by ending it and stop wasting our precious oxygen.

      • The presidency of Smith College should now be handed to a loud and sassy black woman, especially an obese and profane one!

        Let them all choke on the ‘diversity’ they grovel before.

        • Did you actually say “a loud and sassy black woman, especially an obese and profane one”??

          I cannot even count how many times that is redundant. Or, I dare not.

        • HamletsGhost

          Michelle Obama will be looking for a new job in a couple of years.

    • Yves Vannes

      Her apology is only the first step on her path of many thorns. If she doesn’t completely prostrate herself in some demeaning fashion before the campus community she will find herself walking in Larry Summer’s footsteps.

      Weakness gives the horde an invite to plunge the dagger in even deeper. She will be gone by the spring.

      • Anglokraut

        She’ll be gone, almost certainly–but will she learn the real lesson here?

      • TruthBeTold

        Weakness for sure.

        All she had to do was reiterate her comment with conviction. Instead she made herself out to be a pandering fool.

    • Daniel

      Yes, silly of her to think there is a middle of the road or a high ground here.

  • Frank_DeScushin

    Further proof that these black protestors don’t want to be treated equally by society or the law. They want to be treated separately with special recognition and privileges.

    • Julius Caesar

      They want to be treated separately? Gladly, I’m all for separation.

    • Max

      It is clear that the LAST thing that they want to be judged on is the “content of their character”. They want deference based solely on the color of their skin.

      • bilderbuster

        If they were to be judged by their deeds they’d be shaking in their bakkaball shoes.

    • rebelcelt

      That is what they have always wanted. They know deep in their heart that they cannot compete with whites. I remember a black teacher at the black Jr. High school I went to, said that he only took his cars to white mechanics. It created controversy in the class (as I sat silent..LOL). About a year later he was in the news because a black 6’2″ student attacked him. He split the youths head open with a paddle defending himself. (LOL louder) they had to give him his Job back because the investigation showed it was self defense, as the student spent a few days recuperating at at the house. Yes he had a big knot and a few stitches in that hard head.

  • Liberal of Liberty

    Of course all lives matter, but what she doesn’t understand is that its the african amrican community that is suffering right now so yes she should be apologizing several times over.

    – “Dont’ just diversify your portfolio, diversify your life”

  • Who Me?

    So now it’s “insensitive” to say all lives matter. Obviously, black lives and only black lives matter, and we had better just get used to the idea. Anything else would be racist, and being racist is the most horrible crime on the planet.

    • Ron Cheaters

      how does that saying go?
      “Thou protest too much”
      Saying it repetitively doesn’t make it so.

  • LHathaway

    Saying, ‘All lives matter’ is now tantamount to hate speech. The irony is that this just proves all lives do not matter, whites apparently, the least of all.

    • Augustus3709

      To be honest, a lot of this “social justice” pandering is nothing more than capitalism. They don’t want to upset their clients. Constantly pandering to feminists and minorities is a way of maximizing profit.

      Nothing will change until we become as “noisy” as our opponents. Tactics must be met in kind.

      • John Smith

        Except our protests will be labeled “extremism” and “racist” to give them reason to ignore and vilify.

        • Augustus3709

          So build those words into the debate.

          Predictable tactics are the most easily prepared for and countered.

          Besides, it doesn’t matter what our enemy says about us. We can act like perfect angels and they will still accuse us of “subconscious racism” and “privilege” etc. etc.

          The more ground we give up, the more emboldened they become. So stop giving up ground and fight back. They’ve already almost completely destroyed our society. There is almost nothing left to lose.

          • John Smith

            Most Americans aren’t capable of digesting a debate, only soundbites, and those who get the first and last word and edit the footage, namely the MSM, will make sure that all that is remembered are their characterizations.

          • Augustus3709

            If most people are morons and sheep anyway than we will be the shepherd.

    • bilderbuster

      If White lives mattered, the American Black population would have to pay a terrible price for what they have done to us.

  • Being PC ain’t easy!

    • JustJeff

      Back in the 90’s when I was a kid it was all about how everyone was special! I guess maybe only black kids are special now.

      • I remember that crap in the 90s, I was already old enough to know better, though. I has passed the ‘I’m destined for great things’ phase and realised I’m just a statistic.

      • Lin

        I had a similar experience attending a black school which caused me to wake up at a young age, alone with my views.

      • SlizzardAjeosshi

        We have moved in less than a generation from some sort of rainbow coalition pc fantasy to the overt cult of the sacred negro

        • John Smith

          And the glorification of mudsharks, who would’ve been shunned by decent society. See the Kardashian family.

      • Augustus3709

        One time in school we were playing kickball in the gym, and our teacher told us that we weren’t going to keep score.

        We the children were pretty upset about that, being competitive and wanting to win and all, so we were secretly whispering to each other and keeping score anyway.

        The teacher caught wind of this endeavor and angrily asked us if we were keeping score.

        His question was met with shamed silence.

        …and then we went about our aforementioned activities.

      • HamletsGhost

        If you’re talking about “Special education”, then blacks would fit right in.

  • Ringo Lennon

    Only whites matter in my book.

  • RationaliseThis

    “The black students at this school deserve to have their specific struggles and pain recognized, not dissolved into the larger student body.”

    Actually, no they don’t deserve that. They would deserve it if they acknowledged the outrageously high criminality in their own community, recognised the high murder of police coming out of their community and wanted to change.

    Deserving something presumes one has done someting or been something. They haven’t done anything to deserve anything except rape and pillage, literally as statistics and events prove.

    The president shouldn’t have apologised. At one level she tried but it was half assed.

  • Jeff Traube

    If Northampton in the Soviet Socialist Republic of Massachusetts can say Black Lives Matter rather than All, Meridian, Mississippi among others can say White Lives Matter

  • Lygeia

    There are two things you need to do to be a good person: promote life and respect the dignity of the human person.

    This means that all lives matter.

    • Jeff Traube

      Some just don’t matter as much. That’s what the Colonists believed.

      • UncleSham

        That is what all rational beings believe. Anyone who has to flip a coin to decide between the life of their own family and someone else’s is deranged.

  • superlloyd

    Pathetic liberals floundering under black criticism. Hilarious.

  • Anglokraut

    The president of the college can’t say “all lives matter” while the bull-dykes in admissions send acceptance letters to applicants with essays which describe why they decided to have an abortion the summer before senior year.

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      People are People, No Matter How Small”

      — Dr. Suess.

  • JustJeff

    I nominate this for Amren’s dumbest story of the week.

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    This constant kowtowing and pandering to blacks, the biggest whiners, crybabies and do-nothings on earth, has got to end. But when?

    • Julius Caesar

      When we do something about it. Someday….but someday never comes.

    • Spikeygrrl

      And HOW?!

    • Screamin_Ruffed_Grouse

      Not to mention the least educated, least productive, and least intelligent.

    • Max

      The pandering ends when whites are extinct. Nobody else on the planet does this.

  • Tarczan

    In a breech of protocall and basic humanity this egregious the only just punishment is the traditional Vulcan one: Death by slow torture.

    • Anglokraut

      My vote is for Scaphism!

  • TruthBeTold

    Another idiot apologizes for stating his opinion.

    • Reynardine

      In an age of lies, truth is rebellion.

  • Reynardine

    “All lives matter, but some lives matter more than others.” Our academics using the Orwell Handbooks again for governance.

  • JohnEngelman

    I wonder how many of the blacks complaining got into Smith College on affirmative action.

  • Chris

    Some lives are more equal than others.

  • Alexandra1973

    Some animals are more equal than others.

  • TheCogitator

    Whites have to be very careful about what they say lest it offend blacks, but blacks can say any damn fool thing that comes into their tiny minds about us. What the hell kind of person thinks this makes sense or should continue?

    • Anglokraut

      Anyone who profits from madness is not inclined to be a voice of reason. “Follow the money” has long been sound advice.

      • Lion’s Mane

        “Follow the money” has been the Achilles’ heel of the White Race.

  • A Freespeechzone

    Let’s be absolutely clear—she honestly believes that White lives DON’T MATTER.

    This is the message from the President, DOJ, Media and self-loathing liberals–they intend on acting on this message.

    Be prepared; things will get more violent.

    • Anglokraut

      About time, too. Things are finally progressed from satire to spoof. Living in absurdity is very tiring, especially for the people who remember reason.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Black lives only matter when their killings can be used to advance the lefty, anti-White, pro White Genocide agenda.

    Black lives do not matter when blacks slaughter other blacks in Chi-Town, Deetroit, NewArk, and every other black-majority city.

    Being a progressive lefty who supports abortion she surely means that unborn lives don’t matter.

    She couldn’t possibly mean that White lives don’t matter.


    From FIRE org:

    Smith College has been given the speech code rating Red. A red light university has at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech.

  • Beowald

    This has value. The more incidents like this, the easier it will be to make our point with whites who are not yet as awakened as we are.

  • Doomispixulated

    Is it really that hard to be normal?

  • MAJ

    Every time a White is killed by blacks then everyone here – and their friends – should flood the website reporting it with the comment “White Lives Matter” until their servers crash. Every time!

    • bilderbuster

      And “One Hundred White Women In The US Will Be Raped By Black Men Today!”

  • Rhialto

    This another example of the Liberals’ (seemingly) pointless internal conflicts. Perhaps it’s something for normal humanity to be thankful for this Christmas season.

  • Douglas Quaid

    It’s always amusing to witness the leftists eating their own.

  • See The Future

    Giving equality to the unequal will result in the lowest common denominator

    • Augustus3709


      Multiculturalism always drops the quality of the area to the lowest people who occupy it. The “lowest common denominator.”

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    I am waiting for a black women in a position of power to say ‘White Lives matter’ or ‘All Lives matter’ Pretty sure it will be ‘black lives Matter’.

  • Lin

    Saying “all lives matter” shows that the president is pandering to blacks by giving them what they said they want: to be treated as equals.. but when they are, they want to be catered to specifically. I thought that being color-blind and not noticing race is what these people said equality was? Hmm haven’t they been harassing all of us to get the point out that being black is the sole reason Wilson shot Mike Brown, and evil racist tendencies are the reason for the high black crime rate? So noticing blackness is a crime, and not noticing blackness, because of their “specific struggles” is also a crime. In summary, being white is a crime.

  • Barabbas

    There is no rational conversation happening here at all, because the antagonists aren’t interested in or capable of such a dialog. It isn’t possible to have a conversation that is honest, rational, and certainly not one that is even remotely sophisticated or complex with these people. For one of the antagonists to claim that ‘not all lives are being targeted for police brutality’ again demonstrates just how witless and naive these propagandists are. Whites, especially those who are poorer, are habitually victimized by corrupt, lawless cops as well. Check out a site like ‘Policing the Police’ of Filming Cops’ and you’ll see videos all day long in which whites are harassed, brutalized, and even murdered. Once again, blacks are not special. But if they are receiving more negative attention from law enforcement than they would prefer, they should consider not engaging in so much deviant, criminal behavior. Obviously many do nothing to help their cause. But regardless of this, there are ever growing numbers of psychopathic bully cops who will continue to lawlessly abuse people of every race and gender simply because they (the police) are thugs.

  • newsonsofliberty1776

    It really is mildly amusing how some AmRen commenters still attempt to rebut the lib/people of color (poc) faction with logic. They seem genuinely shocked by the audacity of lib/poc actions. They seem incredulous and whiny at the hypocrisy and lies that the lefties are so very adept at. In fact, the lib/poc faction is so habituated to lying and hypocrisy that they don’t actually perceive their own lies as lies. To lib/pocs, lies are true if, in their sick minds, they are true somewhere, if not in the situation they are lying about at that moment. To them, the end justifies the means, and by any means necessary. Witness the fabrications of Prof. Jonathan Gruber and the straight-faced lies by Pelosi that she didn’t know who Gruber was. My friends, debating these people is a fools errand because the Left is not constrained by having to debate within the limits of factual truth. Im afraid the only way the left will be defeated is via litteral confrontation. Stop whine and start battling.

    • UncleSham

      Its useless debating Blacks or True Believers, but a sizable portion of young Whites are persuadable. Many have never been presented with the facts and are completely unaware of the extent of Black on White crime. Few people are pro-White at this point, but even fewer believe in double-standards and privileges for Blacks. If we can prove that Blacks have no desire for equality and are unwilling to compromise, there will be a backlash.

      • newsonsofliberty1776

        If the past 40 years of pandering to pocs and affirmative action hasn’t already proven that blacks have no desire for equality but rather for preferential treatment then nothing will ever do so. The dialectic ship with the left has sailed. This site is the most reasoned backlash I’ve seen to date but is still in the discussion and complaint stage. Things have not gotten bad enough yet for action.

    • John Smith

      Logic is almost like kryptonite to the progressive – but they end up ignoring it before it makes their heads explode.

    • Rodney S

      I like your ideas, but literal confrontation will get you thrown into a jail full of ‘poc’. No thanks. I prefer to fight back using parody and ridicule.

      • newsonsofliberty1776

        White people can still assemble and protest with reasonable freedom. We just don’t. I dream of the day when thousands of white Americans get angry enough to take to the streets as we saw fabricated in Furguson. A few hotheads will get the attention of the authorities with the kind of acts seen in the Furguson protests. Of course I would never suggest anyone do that.
        That would be wrong.

  • rentslave

    Most ditsoons are superfluous.

  • SlizzardAjeosshi

    Torquemada was a voice of reason next to this people

  • John Smith

    Only minority lives matter, you racist white devils. Progressives are always badly irony impaired.

  • Yancy Derringer

    To: Everyone at Smith
    From: Kathleen McCartney, President
    Subject: “Black Lives Matter”

    Yes, black lives matter. Not as much as white lives, but… Wait, just kidding! Haha! Ah, but I needed that. I think we all did, non?

    But anyway, yes, they really do matter, black lives.


  • archer

    She made a mistake backing down, now they smell blood, stick to your principles and it will blow over soon enough.

  • Rodney S

    I think we should start a “White Lives Don’t Matter” ad campaign. It’s more fun to be a racial underdog fighting against the endless tyranny of anti-racism, anyway. Think of some catchy slogans for the campaign. My favorite is “Enjoy The Decline Into Chaos”.

  • Ohmy!

    The President of Smith College, Kathleen McCartney, had nothing to apologize for – she was right to say (via an e-mail) that “all lives matter.” She should have stood by her own words and not buckled, letting the liberal protesters win a point.

  • Screamin_Ruffed_Grouse

    Given the rates of illiteracy, bastardy, and of course crime both violent and property among blacks, it’s clear to me that they don’t believe black lives matter. Why should I?

  • Max

    Clearly, the REAL message here is that white lives DON’T matter.

  • Max

    Who is this C. Lim anyway? She is undoubtedly some fake black-sympathizing Asian who is likely in this for the approbation she hopes to gain from the P.C. decision makers. This is how they operate.

  • Funruffian

    Wow. These Blacks have the worst case of Superiority/Inferiority complex. Psychologists say that “Acceptance” is the biggest and most important human need. Throughout the years these Blacks have been exalted being reason and are still moaning and groaning about being treated equally, if not specially.
    This college Professor makes the safest blanket statement one can make during a student body address and gets chastised by the Bantu once again.

  • Lee_CPA

    Smith College, 2600 students, all female school, 5% black. Apparently, 99.9% ultra-politically correct feminist.
    Move on boys. If you’re looking for date material, probably not going to find it here.

    • Malgus

      No kidding… You will never find a more wretched hive of Bluestockings and Harpies.

      Good question to ask a female as a precursor to a first date: “Where did you go to school?”

      If she says “Smith College”, cut bait and move on…

  • Original Prankster

    It must be terrible to be a lib/prog – always apologizing for some imaginary slight you “might” have caused some other needy prog

  • MekongDelta69

    The new Smith College ‘fight’ song, written by far-leftist feminazis, ‘hyper-offended’ 17 y/o ‘students, and a groveling, useless college president:

    All Lives Don’t Matter.”

    “fight, fight, fight
    fight for the right to be oppressed
    fight, fight, fight
    Gooooooooooooo – TEAM”

  • I cleared the decks here by paying off my home mortgage in 2004, and haven’t had a regular job since 2006. The prospect of being denied gainful employment over my political views thus doesn’t matter to me. My paid work today consisted of making a replacement door return piston bracket for an elderly neighbor. I used the original part to make a cardboard template out out of an advertising circular from a car dealership,and then made the replacement part out of stainless scrap, twice as thick, which I drilled with my press and then put in a vise and hit a whole bunch of times with a hammer. I then welded triangular fillets into the bends, ground the rough edges and polished it with a wire wheel. This will never, ever break.

    I received $20, and word of mouth references are priceless.

    Although some of us completely understand that the cultural Marxists don’t want us to ever have decent jobs again, some of us don’t want them.

  • Hy Alldredge

    If you have to convince people that your life matters …. It probably doesn’t.

  • drr6

    How ridiculous

  • Paleoconn

    Silly b!tch apologizes. Ah, the liberal house of cards is teetering. These pathetic creatures contort themselves so much to please blacks, they will come apart.

  • De’Ontavious Jizzaiah Jones

    And parents pay huge sums to send their females to this university to be shown this bad example of leadership.

  • Wes

    Quick, scramble to the jets! It’s time to be offended!!! Quick everyone, let’s not find out anything about this person whom we’re crucifying, and then eviscerate her career to make her an untouchable, unemployable pariah!

    It used to be possible to go for a week or two on the Internet without being lectured by the Social Police. Now you’d be lucky to go a day without people tripping over themselves to be offended at something—anything. You know the type. We all do. I’d rather have my teeth filed down to nubs than be cornered by one at a party. These preachy, bloviating pharisees bristle at the thought of lecturing you on morality, usually with the help of a Tumblr post to enumerate all the things you’re doing wrong and why you should feel like an a$$hole every waking second of your life. PC is intellectual anesthesia.

  • Da Troof

    Well, to be fair, the idea that “all lives matter” is a load of crap.