The hashtag is a well-known phrase used by white supremacists in order to minimise the relaity of police brutality and its disproportionate impact on black people.
So Lumley’s invocation of the hashtag, following widespread protests after the killing of yet another black man at the hands of the police, was deeply disturbing.
Lumley claims his tweet – which was just the standalone hashtag – was taken out of context.
It is hard to see how, given the entire tweet was “#WhiteLivesMatter”.
The councillor – whose Twitter feed consists of retweets referring to “anti-white propaganda” from black politicians like David Lammy, and references to Black Lives Matter protesters as a “mob” – says he is “not racist”.
Speaking to Leicestershire Live, he said:
I am not a racist and I support Black Lives Matter.
I am extremely sorry for my tweet and apologise unreservedly for any offence I have caused.
However, Lumley went on to clarify his “unreserved” apology.
I apologise for any offence I may have caused.
However my tweet was taken out of context. To be clear ALL LIVES MATTER.
The phrase “All lives matter” has been similarly accused of racism, as it seeks to downplay the BLM movement and suggests it’s wrong to highlight the specific racism experienced by black individuals.
Some people tried to explain this to Lumley.
@ClrLumleyMelton @Jacksaysboo @A_Fair_Economy @aliciakearns @meltontimes @brassjon Every life matters, but Black pe… https://t.co/HBzij1rIN9