All Lives WILL Matter When BLACK LIVES MATTER.

by caprariok

At first hearing, the phrase, “All lives matter,” sounds like a no-brainer. Duh—of course all lives matter, right? Who could possibly disagree with this statement?

I do.

As a white woman, I disagree. I disagree because implicit in the rather benign and seemingly rational statement that, “All lives matter,” is an inherent bias that rather simply identifies “all” from a white perspective and experience of life in America. However, this assumption does not reflect the full reality of experience for “all” Americans—African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asians, LGBTQ—and must be contested. It’s a deeply coded phrase and yet another convenient “little white lie” that the dominant (but not for long) group soothes itself with and justifies its ongoing control through. It’s a phrase that makes white folks feel good about themselves—a “Hallmark” greeting card-like sentiment for social crisis and institutional racism.  Warm, fuzzy and white. A real kumbaya moment.

As far as I’m concerned, when Black lives truly matter as much as white ones and African Americans are treated under the law in the same way as whites, when the bubble of white privilege and illusion is popped, when absolute equality is a given and underlying racial bias, hate and fear is non-existent, then—and only then—will I agree to use the phrase,”All lives matter.”

Until then, BLACK LIVES MATTER, first.

Duh.

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IN MEMORY – BLACK LIVES MATTER RALLY, UO CAMPUS, JULY 8, 2016

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BLACK LIVES MATTER RALLY, UO CAMPUS, JULY 8, 2016

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BLACK LIVES MATTER RALLY, UO CAMPUS, JULY 8, 2016

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