When it comes to protesting the Black Lives Matter movement, many people want to come in and combat it with “All Lives Matter.” It gets annoying. But maybe they just need a little shake or a Black Lives Matter 101 course.
There are different reasons why many say All Lives Matter (ALM). Some people assert ALM because they want to criticize and fight back on the term or attempt to dismiss the actual crisis of oppression among Black Americans today. Some claim ALM because they simply believe that everyone’s life matters and not just Black lives. They have good intentions and do care about Black lives but to them, saying black lives matter (BLM) sounds too concentrated on Blacks and leaves out all other races.
All Lives Matter (#AllLivesMatter) is a slogan that has come to be associated with critism of the Black Lives Matter movement.
It’s true. ALM was created as a slogan to attack the BLM movement. Notice that ALM is a only a slogan while BLM is a real movement. Per an article from the New York Times, saying “All Lives Matter” in response would suggest to them that all people are in equal danger, invalidating the specific concerns of black people. “You’re watering the house that’s not burning, but you’re choosing to leave the house that’s burning unattended,” said Allen Kwabena Frimpong, an organizer for the New York chapter of Black Lives Matter. “It’s irresponsible.” Read more on this here: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/16/us/all-lives-matter-black-lives-matter.html.
We shout, “Black lives matter!” which is met with, “All lives matter.” Honestly, one side is lying because if all lives matter, “We” wouldn’t have to scream over yours. If all lives matter, “We wouldn’t have to remind you.” -J. Wesley
Black Lives Matter began as a hashtag (#BlackLivesMatter) as a call out for immediate attention on the dangers of racism Black Americans have been facing in the U.S. It was created in 2013 after the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. The hashtag became a movement to eradicate white supremacy, counter acts of violence, encourage Blacks to fight for justice, and bring salvation to the Black communities.
Why You Should Stop Saying “All Lives Matter”
Many people who say ALM have good intentions and are truly believe that all human beings, race and all, matter. But do they? Why would there be a Black Lives Matter movement if that were the case? Take a look at the issues happening today. Can you see that there has been many cases of Blacks being accused, wrongfully convicted, and killed because of the color of their skin? Now look further back into the past when there was racial inequality, segregation, and slavery. Did Black lives matter when they were forced to work in cotton fields? Did Black lives matter when they were lynched by the Ku Klux Klan? Did Black lives matter when they were attacked by dogs as they protested for equal rights?
“We are not fighting for integration, nor are we fighting for separation. We are fighting for recognition as human beings…” -Malcolm X
People are missing the real message here. Stop being so defensive and selfish. We need to get out of our egos and draw our focus to the bigger issue. Open up your mind and see that we need to help our Black community obtain social justice and racial equality. They are the ones who are having it bad. They are the ones who are hurting. Understand that they are crying for help because they are still experiencing discrimination today.
I find it ridiculous when “All lives matter” is thrown out there. They are basically throwing shade to Black Lives Matter while having no real important mission. It is rude to the movement and it shows selfishness and privilege.
Yes, EVERY life matters but the focus here is on Black people’s lives who are being taken unjustly by police and white vigilantes. With BLM, the Black people aren’t trying to say that their race matters more, they are telling us that they matter too. Saying “All Lives Matter” erases the systemic oppression Black people have dealt with for centuries. Literally, all lives cannot matter if Black lives are not included.
I hope that we can all understand the meaning behind Black Lives Matter, that there is a real important issue at stake. We can make all lives matter be true by helping our Black community to end racism and end social inequality.