The Ignorance Behind "All Lives Matter"
by Jordon360 on September 12, 2016 - 8:31pm
The Ignorance Behind “All Lives Matter”
People started a new hashtag called all “All lives matter” after the incident with when a Police officer shot and killed an unarmed African-American male. This sparked protesting and riots, and strengthen the “Black lives matter” movement since this was the 23rd time police killed an unarmed African-American male, was caught on camera doing so, and was not given a suitable punishment for his actions. Some people thought that the African American community was being ignorant in these situations, and justify that the officers in each shooting made the right choice of action; therefore, they started the “All lives matter” hashtag stating we should not highlight black lives matter but all lives matter. As it turns out, theses are not wrong, all lives do matter, but what people do not realise is that saying that all lives matter in this situation you are the ignorant ones. When protester state “Black lives matter,” they are trying to highlight in the established evidence that black lives matter less than the white lives in the eyes of the criminal justice system and the American government as well. Many people think that the government treats all racial groups equally, however, these people are completely and unconditionally wrong. Most likely, if you are part of the “All lives matter,” it is likely that you live in a predominantly white area and you are surrounded by white people, and you have never witnessed acts done to non-white communities. People may be spouting “All lives matter” with good intentions, but are not aware of the fact that those words are truly harmful. If you do not understand the issue at hand, then why should anyone listen to your opinion, you have the right to have one, but wouldn’t the opinion of someone experiencing it first hand a lot more valuable. Instead of trying to fight something you do not have the slightest comprehension too, White America should sit down, listen, and try to understand where the minority group is coming from. “Black lives matter is trying to say that “Yes all lives matter but we’re focused on the Black ones right now because it is very apparent that our judicial system doesn’t know that. Plus, if you can't see why were exclaiming #blacklivesmatter, You are part of the problem”. On one side you are being ignorant to the problem at hand by stating “All lives matter” but in another hand, you might actually mean no harm, but still oblivious to the bigger picture. In both cases, you are being ignorant, racist, and fail to see the bigger problem at hand. In my opinion by stating “All lives matter” you are educated enough to understand the “black lives matter,” and you're just drawing attention away from it hoping it will be irrelevant. You don’t know that the “Black lives matter” is actually pushing the government to correct their bias ways in the judicial situation, and to treat all ethnic groups equally. Have you ever seen a white man harassed, beaten, dehumanized, murdered, and the man who did this gets off with a suspension? Have you ever wondered how many families have been scarred? Do you know how it feels to be living in fear because the people who swore an oath to protect you are killing you left and right?