Gay presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg has apologised for saying “all lives matter” in a 2015 speech, and said the phrase sounded like a mockery of Black Lives Matter campaign. Speaking after delivering an address on racial justice at the National Action Network conference in New York, the presidential hopeful said that he had no idea about the meaning of that phrase. “What I did not understand at that time, was that phrase, just early into mid-2015, was coming to be viewed as a sort of counter-slogan to Black Lives Matter,” he said, adding that he is not against anyone, and black lives do matter, he did not want to mock anybody. He said that—since he learned how “all lives matter” had been used to push back on activism—he had no longer used this phrase because it was interpreted quite oppositely to what he was originally trying to say. The Black Lives Matter movement began in 2013 when George Zimmerman was acquitted after shooting Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager. It later gained further momentum when Michael Brown and Eric Garner were killed by police.