Fantasia, Anthony Hamilton Think ‘All Lives Matter’?
Over the weekend, some music fans were shocked when a flyer for an All Lives Matter concert featuring some of gospel and soul music’s best artists began circling the web.
Fantasia, Anthony Hamilton and John P. Kee putting on an "All Lives Matter" concert in Charlotte tonight. pic.twitter.com/hMgm2YDlDK
— Carolina Blitz (@VashtiHurt) September 25, 2016
The show, which was slated to feature Fantasia, Anthony Hamilton, John P. Kee, and Dennis Reed was scheduled to take place last Sunday in Charlotte, North Carolina, a city that saw widespread protests and some rioting after police shot Keith Lamont Scott last week.
After fans criticized the artists about the “All Lives Matter” show, Anthony Hamilton took to Facebook to make it clear that he did not approve the flyer. He also affirmed that–as a father of six young Black men–he believes that Black Lives Matter.
Over on the Root, Hamilton penned an essay about why he’s passionate about protecting Black lives.
“I am a father of six black males: three young men ages 19 to 27 and three young sons under age 6. My sons deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. When we speak out against blatant injustices, trolls rise from the shadows and accuse us of being anti-police. My brother has served in law enforcement for more than 25 years. He has made detective and still has a great name in his field and in the community. The pathway to change involves good cops speaking out against crooked cops. We are fed up. We are tired. No one should be executed in the middle of the street, especially with his or her hands up.”
Hamilton’s colleague, Fantasia, and her husband Kendall Taylor, had a different take. After fans cried foul over the concert’s flyer, the couple also took to Facebook to explain their stance.
“It’s real easy to critique somebody sitting behind your desk, or behind your smartphone…and you’re talking about a word between ‘all’ and ‘Black,'” Taylor said before explaining that he has a lot of White employees, friends, and colleagues. “Black lives matter because all lives matter.”
Taylor went on to put the onus on Black people–and Black men specifically–to put an end to injustice, while Fantasia talked about her biracial relatives and reiterated that she believes All lives matter.
“I understand that our people are still in poverty and we’re not getting certain things that we deserve. I understand that, but the only way we’re going to get it is not through tearing up buildings….Two thousand years ago, Jesus ended the debate on which lives matter. He died for all us. All of us,” she said. “Martin Luther King stood for love and unity for all people. United we stand, divided we fall. Let’s all stand together. So Black lives matter, yes they do. All lives matter.”