NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Governor Bill Haslam spoke about the recent police shootings and Black Lives Matter movement Tuesday.
The movement has been a heated topic lately as two black men were shot and killed in Minnesota and Louisiana, prompting protests across the country. Five Dallas police officers were killed in a protest in Dallas.
“People have asked me before, ‘Well, is Black Lives Matter a legitimate saying or do all lives matter?’, and my first is all life matters. All life is precious and, in my view, created in the image of God,” Haslam began.
“That being said, we have a history in our country where African Americans can legitimately feel like there’s some circumstances we live with that other people haven’t had to live with. That’s a legitimate complaint, and so we’re not going to solve it overnight, but I do think we have to start having a really hard conversation,” he continued.
Haslam says the country has a lot of to do when it comes to the racial divide.
Haslam said also thinks the police chiefs in both Nashville and Memphis, where there have been situations that could have gotten out of control, are doing a good job handling them.