Honestly it’s beyond frustrating that people either cannot understand or refuse to see what the #BlacksLivesMatter movement is about. The most common response are those who will say, “Why say Black Lives Matter and not just say All Lives Matter…”
Well, today President Obama weighed in with his thoughts while attending a forum hosted by the Marshall Project
[Black Lives Matter] started being lifted up as these folks are opposed to police, and they’re opposed to cops, and all lives matter. So the notion was that somehow saying black lives matter was reverse racism or suggesting that other people’s lives didn’t matter or police officers’ lives didn’t matter.
And whenever we get bogged down in that kind of discussion, we know where that goes — I mean, that’s just down the old track.
So let me just suggest this: I think everybody understands all lives matter. Everybody wants strong, effective law enforcement. Everybody wants their kids to be safe when they’re walking to school. Nobody wants to see police officers who are doing their job fairly hurt. Everybody understands it’s a dangerous job.
I think the that reason that the organizers used the phrase “black lives matter” was not because they were suggesting nobody else’s life matters. Rather, what they were suggesting was there is a specific problem that is happening in the African-American community that’s not happening in other communities. And that is a legitimate issue that we’ve got to address.
It’s pretty simple, nothing mind-bending behind the meaning. I can’t help think that if you can’t understand that then you just have a problem with “Black Lives”. Now that may sound harsh, but it is what it is.
No one has a problem with #FuckCancer and #BreastCancerAwareness hashtags. You don’t see people responding to those hashtags saying, “What about #FuckHIV?”
If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!