Mayor John Dailey Clarifies Stance on Black Lives Matter

Mayor John Dailey Clarifies Stance on Black Lives Matter

On Wednesday, Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey appeared on the Preston Scott show and discussed his positions on Black Lives Matter and the Tallahassee Police Department.

At the beginning of the segment, Scott asked Dailey to clarify his position on Black Lives Matter.

“I do support the Tallahassee Police Department, and I do support the mantra ‘black lives matter,’ and I think it’s important for people to hear their mayor say that, but let me be very clear, in no uncertain terms do we support an organization. We’re not providing financial assistance to any organization,” Dailey said.

Scott asked Dailey how he distinguishes between the “black lives matter” sentiment and the Black Lives Matter organization.

Dailey said he has read what the Black Lives Matter organization stands for, and he separates it from the phrase “black lives matter.”

“When I stand up and say ‘black lives matter,’ it’s no different than when my good friend Mike Norvell stands with the FSU football players on the front steps of the capitol and says it, when all your university presidents say it,” he said.

Scott asked Dailey why he does not say “all lives matter” instead. Dailey said the phrase ‘black lives matter’ indicates racial issues that still need to be addressed.

“I do think, in my mind, if you’re asking for my opinion, the phrase, not the organization, the phrase ‘black lives matter,’ does specifically reference that we do have some inherent racist policies that need to be addressed,” he said.

“I think everybody should take a deep breath and remember there is plenty of room in the narrative to say we have issues that we have to work on and we fully support the police department, and that’s my position,” he said.

Scott also brought up the Black Lives Matter mural painted at the intersection of Railroad Avenue and Gaines Street. The mural was painted in July after weeks of Black Lives Matter protests. Notably, there was no official City Commission vote on the mural.

“We had a very healthy conversation about it at a City Commission meeting,” Dailey said.

Dailey said he doesn’t know if the mural is permanent and anyone with a similar idea can bring it to a City Commission meeting for discussion.

The interview is available here.

37 Responses to "Mayor John Dailey Clarifies Stance on Black Lives Matter"

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    StevenWebster   August 15, 2020 at 8:55 am

    I don’t dislike Mayor Dailey, but he’s wrong here. The City is advertising BLM, which translates into donations to BLM INC — donations which, in fact, are collected by goblue .com, the massive D fundraiser.

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    TONY   August 14, 2020 at 3:20 pm

    If you HAD to Paint on our Roads, it SHOULD have read “ALL LIVES MATTER”. I know what they meant by “Black Lives Matter” in the beginning but, if the Blacks TRULY believe it, WHY are they killing each other, committing crimes, spending to much of their lives in prison, dropping out of school, NOT doing anything positive to advance themselves. Just look at the NEWS every day and see for yourself, there are thousands of articles and videos.

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    Jim Thielen   August 12, 2020 at 10:29 pm

    Mayor Dailey, if you can’t include in the same paragraph all black lives matter, that those born, unborn and those born without fathers matters then you aren’t addressing the societal issue at hand. As I said before to you, leadership takes courage to say and do what’s needs to be said, not what the publicist tells you. The implicit endorsement of BLM.Org is divisive and unnecessary in our community and has cost a 12 year Sergeant of our police force his career. This along with President Thrasher’s woke culture reaction is splitting out community. Don’t let the tail wag the dog Sir!

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