I am fully aware what “Black Lives Matter” means. If you don’t, then here’s a brief summary:
“The ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement focuses on the fact that black citizens have long been far more likely than whites to die at the hands of the police, and is of a piece with this history. Demonstrators who chant the phrase are making the same declaration that voting rights and civil rights activists made a half-century ago. They are not asserting that black lives are more precious than white lives. They are underlining an indisputable fact — that the lives of black citizens in this country historically have not mattered, and have been discounted and devalued.”
Yesterday, I, along with many other non-blacks, posted “#AllLivesMatter” & “#BlackLivesMatter”, only to get bombarded with vile responses — and I can understand the anger behind it. Black Lives Matter is a movement in itself. By responding to this particular movement with an all-encompassing statement, like “all lives matter” takes away from the idea/meaning/point entirely.
But there has to be some understanding here… I’m allowed to say how I feel even though I am white. I cannot speak for everyone, but not all those claiming that “all lives matter” are not trying to be spiteful, or take anything away from the importance of black lives or this movement that is so clearly happening; there is a lot of love in that panoptic statement. I can only speak for myself when I say that all lives, every single one of them, do matter to me. The young black men we’ve lost, as well as the police taking the brunt for their colleagues’ crimes.
I would never neglect or abandon any human being that is suffering or in pain. Not even my worst enemy, let alone someone with different skin color or views as me. We are all humans acting as if we are different species among each other. We are the same. We all feel pain & love. We all bleed. This world is divided as fuck, between race, religion, political views, career (cop or sex worker), etc. Why not, at least attempt to, stand together & fight for what we all really want. Equality. Actual peace.
Seeing tweets like the one below only separates us more as a people:
We have to stop generalizing. We have to stop playing into the stereotypes we’re trying so hard to fight. On posting about this on my social media, someone called me a, & I quote, “racist white bitch”. Not only is that the absolute most oxymoronic thing to call someone, but to call me that for spreading love? I lost a little bit of faith in humanity yesterday. We have to be progressive & social media does not count as “helping the cause”. It all needs to change. Black lives matter. Police lives matter. It all matters.