I recently lost a Facebook friend over the whole ‘All Lives Matter’ nonsense. They posted that they didn’t care about being politically correct and felt they needed to speak up and say that All Lives Matter, and that the Black Lives Matter movement was racist.
In response, I politely said that just because the movement is saying that black lives matter, doesn’t mean they are insinuating that all other lives don’t matter.
I could have skipped over the post. I only knew this person through my online writing. I also despise Facebook and was only going on to ‘like’ some of my partner’s posts, but I couldn’t let it slide.
Anyhow, one of her friends or relatives posted a graph that showed the police killings of unarmed civilians and told me that I was being racist. I wish I could take a screen shot but unfortunately, they ended up taking the cowards way out and de-friending me after I told the graph wielding friend/family member that the BLM movement is addressing the hundreds of years of racism African-Americans have faced, and that if he felt strongly about how badly white people were being treated by the justice system, he should start a movement to address it.
I also said they should stop behaving like a spoiled child waving his hand in the background saying, ‘What about me? I’m here. I matter too’.
Of course all lives matter!
However, white people are already valued in North American society and aren’t being killed in droves by police.
This pissed them both off and I was called a clown etc.
Whatever. I can take it.
The problem is that the ‘All Lives Matter’ thing wasn’t made up on its own. When taken by itself, it makes sense that all lives matter and that’s what this sort of statement feeds on – it doesn’t own up to being made in direct response to the Black Lives Matter movement.
It was coined as a rebuttal; a refutation of BLM. It’s saying we should ignore the way African Americans are being treated and furthermore, it seeks to brand those who are pointing out that one group of people are being unfairly targeted as racists.
It’s nonsense of the highest degree. It’s also ironic that the person who made the post said they were championing free speech and non-PC talk, but raced to hit the de-friend button once someone actually disagreed with them.
When someone says Black Lives Matter, they are in no way, shape or form saying White lives, Hispanic lives etc don’t matter. They aren’t saying they’re better than anyone else or that they count for more, but that they matter too.
If I say ‘Save the Rain forests’, I’m not saying ‘Fuck all Other Types of Forest’.
The data shows that African Americans are being killed (EDIT: proportionally) in far greater numbers than white people:
The 1,217 deadly police shootings from 2010 to 2012 captured in the federal data show that blacks, age 15 to 19, were killed at a rate of 31.17 per million, while just 1.47 per million white males in that age range died at the hands of police.
One way of appreciating that stark disparity, ProPublica’s analysis shows, is to calculate how many more whites over those three years would have had to have been killed for them to have been at equal risk. The number is jarring – 185, more than one per week.
Stop and frisk data:
Last year, the NYPD stopped and interrogated people 532,911 times, a 448-percent increase in street stops since 2002 – when police recorded 97,296 stops during Mayor Bloomberg’s first year in office. Nine out of 10 of people stopped were innocent, meaning they were neither arrested nor ticketed. About 87 percent were black or Latino. White people accounted for only about 10 percent of stops.
And it even effects us on a subconscious level:
Following the event in Minnesota, even the state’s governor, who is a white male, told the press that he didn’t believe the incident would have occurred had the driver been white. Similar sentiments were expressed by President Obama shortly after.
Of course this does not mean that police forces across America are composed of open racists that actively conspire to take black lives. However, what has been proven by countless empirical studies is that, in general, brains respond differently to black males in ways that create a perceived threat out of an otherwise neutral event — a process that often occurs outside of conscious awareness.
So please, if you’re one of those people spouting that All Lives Matter because you heard it somewhere and think it’s clever…just stop. It’s not news that all lives matter. No one is disputing that all lives matter. No one is trying to tell you that you don’t matter.
And good riddance to the Facebook ‘friend’ who ran at the first sign of opposition.