"All Lives Matter": Is It an Accurate and Necessary Statement?
The racial divides in the United States are growing larger with every passing day, and these hateful, unnecessary divides are being instigated by racists of every color and creed. Upon experiencing the mostly-violent riots exacerbated by the Black Lives Matter movement and its followers, I've come to find comfort in the anti-racist fact that all lives matter. However, this tends to upset the more militant proponents, the majority, of Black Lives Matter.
Black Lives Matter does not want you to openly state that all lives matter, because it undermines the seedy, anti-white portions of their unspoken agenda. This is so much the case, that I've witnessed and stopped a myriad of different hate crimes before BLM supporters could fully carry them out. These hate crimes began, each and every time, when an anti-racist was trying to seek justice for racial inequities committed against them.
In a time where it is dangerous to be alive, and in the wrong area with the wrong skin color, all lives matter is the only thing I'll be shouting from the rooftops!
Recognizing the Counterargument
Why Is It Necessary?
During a time where racial injustice is being passionately supported, and conversely fought against, it has come to light that there is an extreme level of misunderstanding between the different sides of the argument. On one side you have the militant Black Lives Matter movement trying to press racial justice for only a small minority of racial injustice victims, and on the other you have individuals who want recognition for their struggles with racism.
"All lives matter," is a statement and idea that offers everyone, regardless of skin color, a chance to come forward and seek help for their suffering. Whereas BLM openly supports the silencing of anyone, especially white-skinned individuals, who may detract from their time in the spotlight. BLM does not care about the lives that wish for individual justice, so long as those lives do not fit into their strict guidelines for those who deserve their assistance.
As a white-skinned individual, despite BLM's promotion of the racism-born phrase, "white privilege," I have experienced, and had my life made harder by racism. My family, friends, acquaintances, and complete strangers have mistreated me solely on the grounds of my white skin. Making the statement that, "all lives matter," is my way of fighting against racism and the racists who spread it, but BLM and its militant followers want me to remain silent.
Stating that all lives matter is a necessary piece of the anti-racist discourse occurring here in America, because it allows the silenced victims of racism, the majority, to have a voice. Due to my white skin, I am not allowed to have a voice unless it promotes other-than-white, preferably black individuals', anti-racist messages—according to BLM. This blatant discrimination based on race, this disgusting display of racism occurring all around the United States in many forms, is why, "all lives matter," is a necessary statement.
Despite the necessity of the statement itself, however, people still feel the need to perform mental gymnastics in order to try and disprove the accuracy of such a statement.
White privilege doesn't mean your life doesn't matter, it means that your life hasn't been made harder because of racism. It means your skin color plays no role in your day-to-day life. By arguing this, you are openly denouncing the importance and value of black lives.— Anonymous, racist supporter of BLM
Questioning the Accuracy
The most interesting facet about the discourse around saying that all lives matter, the one that made me search as deeply as those who disagree with it, was the question as to whether or not all lives really do matter. Murderers, rapists, child predators, and generally valueless members of society, these are the individuals that are being used to discredit the fact that all lives matter. Very nearly, this angle of the discussion made me want to agree with those who oppose the slogan, but then I thought deeper.
An unfavorable fact at first glance, but a fact nonetheless, would be that the scummiest people in society do, in fact, matter. They matter, so much so, that they are being used to discredit the value of all lives. Not only are they a tool used to squash anti-racism, but they are completely obsessed over within many different facets of life.
When we go on our Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu accounts, one of the most prominent and advertised genres is the documentary section. The most popular of which, unsurprisingly, are the documentaries about the very people that are being used to discredit the statement that all lives matter. This, alone, proves that their lives are extremely valuable, although not in the colloquial sense of the term value.
These disgusting individuals lead to the development of sciences to combat them, and to prevent further occurrences of their actions and disorders. Psychology, the type to be referenced in these ultra-popular documentaries, thrives on these sorts of individuals. Their existence, their very presence in society, pushes people to be better and start all-important movements like, "#SaveOurChildren."
Thus, it can be concluded, that yes, absolutely, all lives matter. Even the lives of the sickest, most depraved, degenerate individuals in society matter. We are all important pieces in this puzzle we call life, no matter how much people want to weaponize the value of life to their own greedy, racist ends.
Do you feel that the statement, "all lives matter," is racist, and should be considered hate speech?
All Lives Matter Regardless of Your Agenda
The next time someone tells you that all lives matter, please, take a moment to recognize the context in which they are stating it. Whenever I state that all lives matter, it is because I am being told that my race is the only indicator needed to determine my life experiences and story.
Yes, my white skin has afforded me a different culture, one in which I may not have to worry about the problems someone else of a different color will face. However, the truth remains the same for them as well, and our values are equal, because all lives matter. Your story matters, your life matters, your ability to express matters, and so do mine.
The unarguable fact that all lives matter is one I never want to see disappear, not for the sake of a mostly-racist movement, and definitely not for the sake of silencing victims of racial injustice. It can be brought to light in the context of the BLM movement and not be trying to undermine those spreading a truly anti-racist narrative. For those of you who wrongfully believe it is automatically a racist statement, I beg you to have some empathy, lest you be standing on the throats of those gasping for air.
To those of you who continue to fight for racial justice, for equity in all facets of life, the individuals who know that all lives matter and will fight for all lives, keep being a beacon of hope in the darkness. Keep being the punching bag for the racist proponents of BLM, so that we can continue moving forward into a truly anti-racist future. Don't let the constant threat of violence scare you away from calling for the justice we all deserve.
All lives matter!