On same day St. Louis officer is killed, Ben & Jerry’s released Black Lives Matter statement

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BURLINGTON, Vt. — Ben & Jerry’s declared “Black lives matter” on Thursday, getting praise from many of some while others said they’d never buy their ice cream again.

The Vermont-based company said in a statement that “systemic and institutionalized racism are the defining civil rights and social justice issues of our time,” and it was time to take a stand.

The statement was released the same day a St. Louis County, Missouri officer was shot and killed and a day after an officer in California was killed.

“We’ve come to understand that to be silent about the violence and threats to the lives and well-being of Black people is to be complicit in that violence and those threats,” Ben & Jerry’s said.

Reaction was mixed.

One person wrote, “I am once again proud to support Ben and Jerry’s company! You guys always stand up when most are shutting their mouths!”

“I am officially boycotting the overpriced Ben and Jerry’s ice cream,” another commenter wrote.

Ben & Jerry’s says it decided to make this statement “as the list of unarmed Black Americans killed by law enforcement officers grow longer and longer,” and explained why saying “All Lives Matter” isn’t adequate.

“All lives do matter. But all lives will not matter until Black lives matter,” Ben & Jerry’s said.