The problem with “All Lives Matter”

The “All Lives Matter” response to “Black Lives Matter” is a disingenuous attempt to downplay the fact that the lives of black (and brown) people are undervalued and often ended by the police in the United States. The point of “Black Lives Matter” is not to say that *only* black lives matter, or that black lives matter more, but rather to bring attention to the fact that many police officers and other people routinely act as though the lives of black people don’t matter.

By way of analogy, when a brain cancer walk is organized, no one is saying that all cancers don’t matter.  When a funeral is held for someone’s grandmother, no one is saying that all relatives don’t matter. When someone says “save the rain forest,” they are not claiming that pine forests don’t matter.  It is entirely possible to raise awareness about an issue without discounting other issues.

The following links really help drive this point home:

Why you should stop saying “all lives matter,” explained in 9 different ways:

The Real Reason White People Say ‘All Lives Matter’:

Why You Need to Stop Saying “All Lives Matter”:

Why you shouldn’t respond to ‘Black lives matter’ with ‘All lives matter’:

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These links explore the very real problems of police brutality and racism:

Finally, this video by ABC10 anchor Chris Thomas does a more eloquent job explaining the issue with “all lives matter” than I ever could.