- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The president of Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, has apologized following controversy over a email she sent to students Friday that had the subject line, “All Lives Matter.”

President Kathleen McCartney sent an email to students, faculty and staff that gave a list of steps to be taken on campus to help heal those in pain and “work for equity and justice,” following the grand jury decisions in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases, the Daily Hampshire Gazette reported.

Ms. McCartney’s email was reportedly titled “All Lives Matter.”

Later Friday, Ms. McCartney sent a second email expressing regret that she was unaware the phrase “all lives mater” is being used on social media as a counterargument to the “#BlackLivesMatter” movement, the Gazette reported. She said numerous students contacted her to complain about the email.

“It minimizes the anti-blackness of this the current situation; yes, all lives matter, but not all lives are being targeted for police brutality,” one student wrote to Ms. McCartney.

The college president apologized and thanked those who shared their “wisdom and wise counsel” with her, the Gazette reported. On Monday, Ms. McCartney led a vigil attended by 130 people.

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