I did a post back on January 19, 2015 called, “#ALL Lives Matter” commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday. This was in response to the #BlackLivesMatter statement being put out into the world. At that time I felt that all lives matter.
However, as a Black male in America-the Number One target of many a racist cop-#AllLivesMatter is a moot point. You see as long as Black lives don’t matter, than in the end, other lives don’t matter; therefore nullifying the statement. I think this statement is born out of naiveté in those who do not grasp the full picture of #BlackLivesMatter. I feel that those who use it smack of the late Rodney King’s statement, “Can’t we all just get along?”
For many outside the Black/African-American community; this is an outside-looking in situation. For other races-especially Whites-there is not that “Could it happen to me?” question that haunts Blacks: be it police brutality; attacks by racists; or systematic racism. The statement #AllLivesMatter-although good in intention-can be tacked onto a serious issue in America and trivialize it. Plus, such a statement can be used by some (who really don’t give a fuck about Blacks) as a kind of countermeasure against any legitimate Black grievances.
And it’s not just Black lives that don’t matter in America. As we saw recently, GLTBQ lives still don’t matter. The poor-especially poor children-lives don’t matter. So again, the point #AllLivesMatter is a moot statement.
I know there are those who will say, “C’mon Vic, don’t feel that way!” or “You’re a Christian, shouldn’t you feel different?” Please understand, this is not being mean but being real. As the Black father of a Black son who is concerned for both our lives, I see things in a different light.
#ALLlivesmatter? Sounds nice. However, until Black lives matter (and the lives of those I mentioned), it’s a moot point. That’s my revisit.