Black Lives Matter has become the new narrative of the 21st century. This outcry from the black community has been hashtagged and posterized as a way to resist and bring awareness to the constant inhumane treatment of black people in America.
First lets take a step back. Lets remember the Black Power Movement, which was founded as a positive, proactive movement during the Civil Rights Era to instill a sense of black pride, promote self sufficiency, education, and black political demands due to the unfair treatment of black americans in the 1960s and 70s. The Black Power Movement was radically transforming black and white relations in America, but from the black person's agenda. During this time organizations such as The Black Panther Party, Nation of Islam, and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee assisted in equipping the black community to strategically take a political stance against the injustices they faced for simply being black in America. The central objective of the Black Power Movement was to reassure black people that they MATTER.
Much like "Black Power", Black Lives Matter is a complex, multi-dimensional form of resistance. Black Lives Matter is seen to some as a demand and to others as a comforting, but necessary reminder that despite the times black lives DO matter.
Let's be clear.
Black Lives Matter is in no way placing the value of black lives over others. This bold declaration is simply stating that BLACK LIVES MATTER. Why then is there this sudden need to counterattack a movement of determination and resistance against white privilege and white supremacy? Two systems which openly stand against equality for minorities. This sudden exclamation that "All Lives Matter" is nothing more than a self-centered outcry from the majority wanting to remain at the center of attention, while disregarding their privileged role in this system and resisting to acknowledge the value of black lives. Firing back against Black Lives Matter with reasons why "All Lives Matter" is just an unsuccessful attempt to move the blame and erase the narrative. Not only is the passive voice of "All Lives Matter" nothing more than a childish ego-trip, it also ironically proves the need for the Black Lives Matter movement.
If #AllLivesMatter there shouldn't be an issue with #BlackLivesMatter, but instead there is a very pressing issue here. The majority feels it is okay to minimize the trials and heartbreaks of the black community by distastefully suggesting equality in the face of inequality. This is a problem; we can not be racially ambiguous in this. We can not demand equality for blacks while yelling out, "All Lives Matter". It does not work that way. It will not work that way.
All Lives Matter easily debunks itself, because if all lives truly mattered there wouldn't be a need for a post such as this one.
If #AllLivesMatter, why do your actions suggest otherwise?