BlackLivesMatter was created in 2012, after the death of Trayvon Martin. According to their website, it is "rooted in the experiences of Black people in this country who actively resist dehumanization, BlackLivesMatter is a call to action and a response to the virulent anti-Black racism that permeates our society. Black Lives Matter is a unique contribution that goes beyond extrajudicial killings of Black people by police and vigilantes."
This week's events have brought the Black Lives Matter movement further into the spotlight than ever before.
But an all too common occurrence happens when someone tries to stand up and say, "Black Lives Matter." They're shut down, with the response, "All lives matter."
Check almost any comments section of a Black Lives Matter post and you'll see this sentiment echoed in a thousand different ways.
Enter GeekAesthete, who took to Reddit recently answer the question: Why is it so controversial when someone says "All Lives Matter" instead of "Black Lives Matter"?
This answer is insightful and easy to understand. Share. Share. Share.
Black Lives Matter Website
Imagine that you're sitting down to dinner with your family, and while everyone else gets a serving of the meal, you don't get any. So you say "I should get my fair share." And as a direct response to this, your dad corrects you, saying, "everyone should get their fair share."
Now, that's a wonderful sentiment -- indeed, everyone should, and that was kinda your point in the first place: that you should be a part of everyone, and you should get your fair share also.
However, dad's smart-ass comment just dismissed you and didn't solve the problem that you still haven't gotten any!
The problem is that the statement "I should get my fair share" had an implicit "too" at the end: "I should get my fair share, too, just like everyone else."
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