Ray Lewis wants a heart-to-heart with Black Lives Matter.
The two-time Super Bowl champion took to his Facebook account this past weekend to raise the question about why the movement isn't addressing Black-on-Black crime, pointing to the rising murder rates in Chicago as a way to implore that something needs to be done.
“I'm trying to figure out if black lives really matter, then in Chicago alone the murder rate has soared 72 percent in 2016. Eighty-eight percent in the first three months of 2016 compared to last year," Lewis passionately said from the prayer room of his home. "I’m trying to ask the question to an organization of Black lives — if they really mattered, then why not riot now?”
Lewis proceeded to cite that there have already been 141 murders in Chicago this year, compared to 82 homicides last year at this same time.
"I'm trying to figure out in my mind why no one is paying attention to Black men killing Black men," Lewis said. “Why do we always find ourselves half the victims and now we have the separation once again that we’re being victimized because of one bad white cop, two bad white cops, three bad white cops, killing a young Black brother. But every day we have Black-on-Black crime, killing each other."
This isn't the first time that Lewis has taken Black Lives Matter to task, either.
"Remove the word 'Black' and say 'Lives Matter,'" he said last September, as reported by NBC News. "Stop sending mothers back home empty. You can never replace a mother's child. If we want Black Lives Matter, let's make it matter to us. That's the new call."
As of Tuesday morning, Lewis's Facebook video has garnered two million-plus views and over 45,000 shares with nearly 4,000 comments — some agreeing with the NFL great, while others disagreed.
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