Why it’s #BlackLivesMatter not #AllLivesMatter

Why it’s #BlackLivesMatter not #AllLivesMatter

Hello Rebels, and welcome back to my life.

The topic of this video has already been talked to death by people way more qualified than me. As per usual, my voice is not the most important one in this conversation, so please follow the people linked in the description below.

Let’s establish a timeline. Following the death of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson last year, people start documenting and talking about an unbelievable number of instances of police brutality, with a definite racial bias against black people.

And an online movement springs up to start documenting and publicizing these abuses and it calls itself #BlackLivesMatter.

And people jump all over that, saying “#AllLivesMatter.”

*evil look*

Listen, I already talked a lot about this in my Feminism vs. Egalitarianism video (link in the description below), but people who say this sound dumb.

The #BlackLivesMatter movement never said All Lives Don’t Matter. And they never acted like it, either.

But America HAS been acting like Black Lives DON’T Matter—and that’s why the movement is called #BlackLivesMatter.

#AllLivesMatter is one of those ridiculous, all-encompassing and inarguable statements that’s so universal it doesn’t mean anything.

It’s like a politician’s statement when you ask him for a specific, point-by-point plan on how he’s going to handle some government issue and he responds with, “I’m going to save America.”

Responding to #BlackLivesMatter with #AllLivesMatter is like looking at someone with a broken leg and saying, “Well, ALL legs should be healed.”

Yes, they should, BUT MAYBE FIX THE BONE JUTTING OUT OF HER SKIN BEFORE SHE BLEEDS OUT.

It’s like looking at starvation in developing nations and saying “Well, ALL children deserve to grow up well-fed and healthy.”

Yes, of course they do, and THESE ones are going to die TOMORROW if you don’t do something about it RIGHT NOW.

It’s like looking at a corner store being robbed and saying, “Well, ALL corner stores should be free from crime.”

Yeah, that’s true, BUT YOU’RE USING THAT TO AVOID DOING ANYTHING ABOUT THE ACTUAL STORE THAT IS ACTUALLY BEING ROBBED RIGHT NOW. ACTUALLY.

That’s the key point here. #AllLivesMatter is a usually used as a method of shutting the conversation down. It’s not a way to promote equality. It is a way to AVOID doing anything about a real problem.

That’s why I call them the #AllLivesMatter crowd, not the #AllLivesMatter movement. Because there IS no movement. They don’t DO anything.

Too often these #AllLivesMatter people claim that yes, they ARE against police brutality, but that it doesn’t JUST happen to black people, and the #BlackLivesMatter movement is trying to say that it does. And they are wrong about that.

Nowhere was this more evident than in the case of Zachary Hammond, a nineteen-year-old white teenage in South Carolina. Hammond was shot and killed by a police officer, in his car, without a weapon.

The very first people to speak out about this online? The #BlackLivesMatter movement, who began to spread word of the case as soon as an autopsy revealed that Hammond was shot in the back at point-blank range, not while attempting to run over the police officer, as the officer first claimed in his report.

Meanwhile #AllLivesMatter made NO mention of the killing until the Huffington Post wrote an article specifically calling them out on their silence.

At which point they got defensive and said, “How were we supposed to know about this case? The Huffington Post only just wrote an article about it, and only to call us out.”

Yeah, but see, that argument doesn’t hold any water. Because #BlackLivesMatter had already been speaking out against this crime for days. THEIR tweets were used IN the article to point out what hypocrites YOU were being.

When someone highlights oppression against any group in America—women, racial minorities, whatever—someone inevitably responds to say they’re singling out that group, and therefore must intend harm to the “default”—i.e., the straight white male.

That response is nothing more, and nothing less, than an attempt to distract attention from the injustice such groups face. It is a politician’s cheap trick, a lazy magician’s hand wave with a purple handkerchief meant to confound the viewer.

And if a movement IS targeting women or minorities with special attention, isn’t it about time special attention was given to them with the intention to HELP them, rather than to HARM them?

Thank you for watching, Rebels. An extra special shoutout to my supporters on Patreon who make my YouTube channel possible, especially my sponsors. And I will see you tomorrow. Byyye.

Garrett Robinson

Over 100,000 readers have read and loved Garrett's books, like the fantasy hits Nightblade and Midrealm. He's also a film festival favorite with movies like Unsaid, and a tech guru who posts lots of helpful how-tos for writers and filmmakers over at garrettbrobinson.com.

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