Kathleen McCartney made an egregious mistake. She violated the politically correct orthodoxy.
McCartney, the president of Smith College in Massachusetts, sent out an email saying all lives matter.
“We are united in our insistence that all lives matter,” she wrote.
The proclamation ran afoul of the “black lives matter” mantra used by activists and protesters in Ferguson, New York and other cities across America.
Students pelleted McCartney with emails taking her to task for not sticking to the ideological straight and narrow.
“It minimizes the anti-blackness of this the current situation; yes, all lives matter, but not all lives are being targeted for police brutality,” a student complained.
“It felt like she was invalidating the experience of black lives,” said another, according to the Daily Hampshire Gazette.
McCartney soon apologized for declaring all lives matter.
“I regret that I was unaware the phrase/hashtag ‘all lives matter’ has been used by some to draw attention away from the focus on institutional violence against Black people,” she wrote in an email.
The incident underscores that fact the protests are less about police violence than advancing a race-based political agenda.
Activists reject the “paternalism” of white people who support the movement.
For many, participation and solidarity by white people is considered racist.