Monday Afternoon Musings....
Them: "Doc why does "All Lives Matter" bother you so much?
Me: "Because it's disingenuous bullshit in it's purist form. First of all you sit and act is if when we declare "Black Lives Matter" we are speaking as if other lives don't. You're on some bullshit right off the bat. You ignore the context in which the words are spoken. You ignore the climate and circumstances that gave rise to the phrase. You pretend as if we are asserting ONLY Black Lives Matter when what we are in fact doing is asserting that our lives matter TOO.
Secondly, if all lives mattered where were you when Eric Garner got choked out for "selling cigarettes"? Were you standing with us? Or were you making excuses for why Garner deserved to die? Where were you when Tamir Rice was shot dead playing in the park? Where you speaking out with us and sharing in our outrage? Or were you making excuses for the police who murdered him?
Oh and let's not forget the constant deflection of "What about Black on Black Crime?" as if A)Other races don't kill each other at similar rates and B)We don't deserve justice because some of our less enlightened sisters and brothers commit crimes.
"All Lives Matter" is bullshit. It's a silencing tactic. If you really believed all lives matter I wouldn't have to assert that Black ones matter. Murderers wouldn't be walking away and returning to work after killing our unarmed sisters and brothers in cold blood. I wouldn't have to declare Black Lives Matter. Because you'd feel me when the lives of my family are lost and you'd stand with me.
Whenever I hear "All Lives Matter" I hear "Shut up. You're not special. We don't care". To which I respond with a hearty "Fuck you. Go fuck yourself". Because when all lives truly matter I wont have to declare Black Lives Matter anymore. But until then I will proudly declare "BLACK LIVES MATTER" and dismiss your "ALL LIVES MATTER" as the disingenuous bullshit that it is.