Okay, let’s step in that bear trap. All I ask is that you actually read my argument before you leave nasty responses. I’ve decided that to remain silent and complacent is to remain complicit. Black Lives Matter is a way of saying, “enough already, the lives of our children count and should not be disregarded.” It is not saying other lives don’t matter. Yes, no lives should be disregarded, but here is why I find “All Lives Matter” offensive.” All Lives Matter” is merely a response to Black Lives Matter, and it is code for “white” lives matter, and we might as well strip away any euphemisms and just call them uppity niggers. Shouting down “Black Lives Matter” with “All Lives Matter” is simply telling those that are standing up to sit down and know their place. I find that there is no way that this can’t be offensive.
Before “Black Lives Matter” was a thing, “All Lives Matter” wasn’t a thing because “All Lives Matter” or to strip away the code, “White Lives Matter,” didn’t need to be a stated. It was implicit in every aspect of American society. This is what “White Privilege” is about. And of this too there is little doubt, and denying it is wishful thinking at best and racisms at worst. There is never a day when I am fearful for my life when pulled over by police. Hell, I’m not even really fearful that I’ll even get a ticket. Usually, a friendly warning. Of course, what we see on the news are the tragedies, and we rarely see what happens the majority of the time—police officers doing an impossible job with dignity and class. But the fact remains, I have no fears when interacting with police officers. I’m not worried that my daughters with their very northern European names will ever get passed over for job interviews, apartment applications, etc. simply because of their names. Yes, yes, we have affirmative action. But affirmative action does not deny individuals the opportunity. It simply affords those historically passed over during the past 50 -100 years a shot. I’m not worried about being followed by security guards when shopping. I don’t worry that if driving a nice car (this is purely hypothetical!) those in the lane next to me are quietly wondering what sport I play, or what form of drugs I sell. I could go on, but there are others who have written much more eloquently and personally about this than I can.
Others demanding equal rights does not mean you will lose yours. Demanding equal rights is not demanding special rights, though, maybe just leveling the playing field after 400 years of inequality simply isn’t enough to end systemic racism, poverty, and lack of opportunity.
I have one quibble with “Black Live Matter.” Maybe it should be “Minority Lives Matter.” All minority groups face many of the same issues of systemic racism, though with different subtleties and to different degrees: Indigenous peoples, Hispanics, Asians, Muslims, etc.
And finally, anyone using any of this discussion, these debates, issues or labels to justify violence against anyone else has forfeited their right to participate in this societal conversation.
Okay, bear trap sprung. I’ll chew off my foot now and continue on if necessary. Thanks for reading all the way to the end.