If you feel offended by the words “Black Lives Matter” – then you are missing the point. This movement was not started with the intention of elevating the value of Black lives above the value of the lives of people of any other race. It was started because ALL lives matter equally… but unfortunately there are still areas in our country where the lives of Black people are not treated as if they matter as much as the lives of White people. This slogan was coined as a way to create awareness of this problem and to stand up against it.
If you feel offended by the words “All Lives Matter” – then you are missing the point. “ALL Lives Matter” MEANS that “BLACK Lives Matter” just as much any other lives. It does not diminish that, it SUPPORTS it. While it is possible that the person saying those words missed your initial point – “All Lives Matter” speaks for itself. The only way you can argue against it, is if you DON’T think that ALL lives matter. And that attitude is the very problem all of this was supposed to be trying to solve.
Now it does bear re-iterating that “Black Lives Matter” was not STARTED with the intention of elevating the value of Black lives above the value of the lives of people of any other race – it is most unfortunate and reprehensible that the New Black Panther Party (NBPP) has adopted this noble message and perverted it into spreading wild racism and hate against White people (not to mention how it has perverted the message and memory of the ORIGINAL Black Panthers). There is NOTHING positive about genocide, and that is what the NBPP is rallying for.
“I say, if they don’t get out of town, we kill the men, we kill the women, we kill the children, we kill the babies, we kill the blind, we kill the cripple, we kill the crazy, we kill the faggots, we kill the lesbians, I say goddammit we kill them all! If they are white, kill ‘em all!” – Khalid Abdul Muhammad (National Chairman of the New Black Panther Party until his death. The same message is still being spread regularly by the current heads of the NBPP.)
But this is NOT the opinion of every Black person spreading the “Black Lives Matter” message!!!!! If we just gave up entirely every time some fanatical group of people perverted something positive with their hate, we’d have nothing positive left. If we judge all people in any group by the actions of a few, then by that logic there would be no good people at all left in the world. AND JUDGING ALL THE PEOPLE IN ANY GROUP BY THE ACTIONS OF A FEW IS WHAT MOST OF US ARE TRYING TO END with all these clever slogans!
So to sum things up – whether you’re saying “Black Lives Matter”, “All Lives Matter”, or “ANY OTHER Lives Matter” – YOU’RE RIGHT! If you’re offended by any of those phrases – YOU’RE AN ASSHOLE!