If you have even one social media account that you use regularly, you must have come across #AllLivesMatter at least once in recent history. Looking at the hashtag on its own, it’s harmless. Of course, all lives matter and all people should be treated equally.
So why has #AllLiveMatter been getting so much flak?
A lot of people already know why and have formed their opinion on the subject. However, there is still a large portion of people I’ve come across that still doesn’t understand. I mean, what’s the big deal?
Now I’m not tackling this to start up a race war. I’m just trying to illustrate the type of people that try and justify #AllLivesMatter as a better alternative to #BlackLivesMatter.
First – what is #BlackLivesMatter?
Because the eruption of #AllLivesMatter happened in the past year, people think the Black Lives Matter movement began just before it. It actually started back in 2013 in response to the Trayvon Martin shooting. After the killer didn’t face criminal charges, members of the African American community decided to protest against:
- Racial profiling and police brutality by police officers
- The unfair treatment of black people in the judicial system
As the years past, more African Americans were shot and killed by police officers and the movement continued to grow. But, like with most movements, the larger it became, the easier it was to pass on its message and have that message can be misinterpreted. People started thinking that the Black Lives Matter movements focussed too much on the injustices done to African Americans (go figure) and that everyone has problems – and so began #AllLivesMatter.
Some of you might be thinking – Well, They’re right. All Lives do Matter. Everyone has his or her problems.
Well, I’ll let these people explain why replacing #BlackLivesMatter with #AllLivesMatter makes you kind of a dick:
Yes, all lives matter. No one is questioning that. But the topic of discussion is about injustices to African Americans. Changing the subject just belittles the problem and does nothing to fix it.
Many people have used homicide reports and statistics to try and accomplish this by saying “Cops kill more white people than black people,” and “Black people kill more black people than cops kill black people.”
These are both true statements. However, black people only make up roughly 6% of the population in the United States, and white people make up the majority, so obviously more white people are killed – there is way more of them. And yes, Black on Black crime is a serious problem that needs to be dealt with.
But that’s not what we are talking about right now
The Black Lives Matter movement isn’t saying these other problems don’t exist. It’s trying to address the problem of racial bias in the eyes of the judicial system. That’s it. So, let’s keep the topic of discussion related to that issue.
This juvenile way to debate can be traced back to childhood. It’s like when a classroom just finishes a race in gym class, and Johnny won. The teacher congratulates Johnny and then Jake says “Well, my brother is faster.”
Well, that’s great for your brother Jake, but we are praising Johnny right now.
I hate talking about this because I think the majority of police officers are heroes risking their lives for us. When you are walking the street and all of a sudden somebody whips out a gun, you get to run away and go home to your family. They have run into the fray so you have that luxury. But there is a small portion whose actions are influenced by race and need to be stopped. And the #BlueLivesMatter, the cop support movement in response to Black Lives Matter, is similar to tweeting #AllLivesMatter. Yes, they are important, but it’s not the topic of discussion.
Sadly, when a movement or social issue goes on long enough, people stop caring. It’s just a fact of life. And when it goes on for too long, people stop thinking its a big deal and try and belittle it in an attempt to make it go away.
If your sick of a problem, instead of ignoring it until it goes away, solve it so it never comes back. You can keep putting coasters until a wobbly table to keep it upright, but the table will never be level until you fix the fucking leg.
Stop tweeting #AllLivesMatter. And if Black Lives Matter offends you, or you think it’s trying to cop shame, just remember the graphic below.