The three-minute debate centered on the #BlackLivesMatter movement and the various cases of Black-on-Black crime as Kelly kicked things off with discussing Peggy Hubbard, a St. Louis area grandmother who – as we reported – generated more than 7 million views of a video she posted that captured her anger with the Black Lives Matter movement and the lack of protests happening for the inner-city regarding innocent children and unwarranted violence.
For Kelly, attention to Black-on-Black crime has been abandoned. West, on the other hand, argued that a separation between “state-sponsored violence” against Black lives exists. The activist went on to state that although crimes such as Aiyanna Jones and the 9-year-old girl killed in Ferguson do indeed matter, the foundation of #BlackLivesMatter lies in police brutality against unarmed Black people.
As JetMag.com noted, “Kelly’s argument of Black people not taking responsibility and protesting when violence strikes ‘inner-city America,’” is clearly false. The publication emphasized that national coverage barely touches on community as it stories of looting and hostile gatherings grab the spotlight.
To see West and Kelly’s debate, check out the video below: