Why Saying “All Lives Matter” Doesn’t Fit as Response to “BLM”
So, here I am a white girl, listening to people of color say "Black Lives Matter" and thinking (until now) that "All Lives Matter".
And the fact of the matter is that yes, all lives do matter, but not as a response to Black Lives Matter. I had to do a little research to find out why this isn't an ok response... or not that it just isn't "OK" but it actually just doesn't "fit" as a relative response.
Black Lives Matter movement began about 7 years ago during the Trayvon Martin case. This was the case where George Zimmerman was accused of murder and was acquitted. People were reacting to BLM by saying "don't ALL lives matter?". Like saying "aren't we all equal... like all lives are equal and matter". Well, yes, but no. Not in this situation. Not that all lives don't matter, but this is different.
This is from the BLM website:
We are a collective of liberators who believe in an inclusive and spacious movement. We also believe that in order to win and bring as many people with us along the way, we must move beyond the narrow nationalism that is all too prevalent in Black communities. We must ensure we are building a movement that brings all of us to the front.
Still, with all of this said, the question is still "why don't ALL lives matter" and why isn't this a relevant response to BLM?
There are a couple of analogies that I found that really made it hit home for me. The first one has an illustration that goes along with it, but the gist of it is this: A person's house is on fire. They call 911. The firemen come and the neighbors are all "but what about our houses?" Well, your houses aren't on fire.
Here is another one... in video form.
Get it now? I do.