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    Brody Jenner Asked Why "Everything These Days Is About Race" And People Got Angry

    He endorsed a message saying the recent police shootings that killed two black men have "nothing to do with race", before posting images of his dogs with the caption: "All lives matter."

    Over the past two weeks, two black men, Terence Crutcher and Keith Lamont Scott, were shot and killed by police in America.

    The shootings brought renewed focus to the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

    The people behind the movement describe it as a "call to action and a response to the virulent anti-Black racism that permeates our society. Black Lives Matter is a unique contribution that goes beyond extrajudicial killings of Black people by police and vigilantes."

    The movement has also been brought to the fore recently after a number of athletes remained seated or knelt during the US national anthem. The athletes say they refuse to stand for a country that oppresses black people.

    Video footage of the shootings of both Keith Lamont Scott and Terence Crutcher has since been released.

    Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

    In response, Taylor Mosher, a friend of Brody Jenner's, posted a lengthy Instagram comment saying that the shootings had "nothing to do with race", and criticised both victims' conduct.

    The comment, which has since been deleted, read:

    I normally don’t speak about this type of stuff, but this is just ridiculous. I can’t even watch the news anymore without getting pissed off. This has nothing to do with race. White, black, brown, any color…if you have an officer of the law telling you to exit your vehicle (or do anything for that matter)…you comply. And not only do you comply, but you do so willingly and follow directions completely. And why in the world would you exit that vehicle with a weapon in hand (allegedly?!) That makes no sense! And if, let’s just say, you DON’T have a gun, why would you not put your hands up in the air and state “I do not have a gun” so that the officers can clearly see that you don’t??

    He then went on to say that the "world is getting out of hand with the race issue," and questioned why "everything these days is about race?"

    Mosher wrote:

    If I, as a white male, did those things, I’d expect that I'd be putting myself in danger of being shot because I’d be making myself a perceived threat. This world is getting out of hand with the race issue. Maybe I say that because I’m not racist. I see humans as equals. You shoot me, or you shoot an African American, we are both humans with the same beating heart. Why is everything these days about race? Why?

    Brody Jenner then reposted the comment, alongside the caption: "Amen T!!"

    People immediately began criticising Brody for sharing the comment.

    Some accused him of displaying the ultimate in white privilege.

    Others told him to stop denying the experience of black people.

    Some took issue with the criticism of the victims' behaviour.

    But in response to the criticism, Brody then shared a photo of himself, a friend, and a dog, alongside the caption "All lives matter."

    Which led to more anger.

    Some tried to explain that supporting #BlackLivesMatter doesn't mean invalidating the lives of others.

    And told him he was acting out of ignorance – and to research the situation before commenting on it.

    Many, though, were just disappointed.

    But Brody responded by posting another photo – this time, a picture of his two dogs, again with the caption "All lives matter."

    This only compounded the negativity.

    Brody then shared a screenshot of one of the comments, telling his followers: "Hate is not the answer. #alllivesmatter."

    Some people, did, however, jump to Brody's defence.

    Brody's mother, Linda Thompson, also defended her son on Instagram, saying that alongside his brother Brandon, Brody is the "least prejudicial" person she knows.

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