Okay, can I try to explain this in terms that everyone will understand? I’m tired of people posting crap on social media as if there they are under attack because we’re trying to bring voice to a marginalized group. So put your ego aside, and think about it:
Yes, all lives matter. Of course they do. It doesn’t even really need to be said. But Black Lives Matter? That needs to be said. Because there’s a deficit in our society when it comes to the lives of our fellow black friends and family members. All Lives Matter works when, as a society, we ACTUALLY value all lives.This is not the case today and the proof is right in front of our faces.
If you have a garden with five flowers and one of them is wilting, do you just keep watering and caring for them all exactly the same way because “All Flowers Matter”? NO! You focus in on the one that is dying. You focus on the problem you’ve created and go back to tending for them equally once the wilted flower has come back to life.
So even though All Lives Matter, saying that doesn’t change a damn thing because it washes right over the group we (as a society) still value less than everyone else.
The police shooting is horrific and tragic. It deserves attention because it is NOT the way to handle this issue. It was heartless and damaging to everyone. Clearly there are a few people who don’t believe the lives of police officers matter either, and that is unacceptable. I’m grateful that there doesn’t appear to be evidence that this attitude is prevalent country-wide.
The fact remains: black lives are needlessly lost every day at even greater rates. So let’s keep chanting #BlackLivesMatter until we get to a place in our society where #AllLivesActuallyDOMatter