why #alllivesmatter is problematic
In recent weeks, with growing demand for justice for the constant injustices the Black community has faced for centuries, there’s a debate online about why the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter is used, when it should be the #AllLivesMatter, since no life should be regarded as more important than another.
The term ‘All Lives Matter’ is problematic at the moment because it takes away the focus from the real problem: the fact that Black lives have been taken away due to Racism and prejudice against People of Colour (POC) for as long as we can remember, and it’s time to put a stop to it. Fact of the matter is, we cannot say that all lives matter until we take care of the biggest problem in our society: the fact that Black lives don’t seem to matter to some as much as other lives.
So, while you might be meaning well by fighting the term #BlackLivesMatter with All Lives Matter, please know that no one’s ever said that other lives don’t matter – we’re saying that we can’t focus on all lives until more focus is put on the injustices Black people are still facing nowadays, as that is the problem we are facing at the moment.
Saw a lot of great analogies online that say, if a house if on fire you won’t call the firefighters too all houses. The house that’s on fire must be aided first.
We must bring equality to this world. But until then, we will continue to fight with the communities that are suffering the most and that need their voices heard.