If there is one counter-argument to the Black Lives Matter movement that makes no sense to me, it’s the strong desire to rebut with All Lives Matter or Blue Lives Matter. Often, they are used interchangeably, so let’s start there.
If your notion is that All Lives matter negates the Black Lives Matter movement than by logic and reason, All Lives matter renders your counter-argument that Blue Lives matter invalid as well. Those that know me know that I value consistency above all things. To have integrity, you must be consistent regardless of if it benefits you. You very well can’t say that Black Lives Matter is racist, insensitive, and cruel, only to turn around yourself and use it for a group you are trying to support.
If you are doing that, you should stop.
For those who don’t say Blue Lives Matter and focus only on All Lives Matter, I give you points for consistency (those are important points to have btw) but still find your argument lacking.
Often our most significant challenge to understanding is reading the message we infer vs. asking for clarity. Assuming, as you know, makes an ass of “u” and me.
Black Lives Matter doesn’t say that ONLY Black Lives Matter. It merely states that they do. Common sense should stand to reason that it is a valid and sound statement. It is a fact, and facts are stubborn things.
When we look at this in other aspects, we would never apply this same logic.
When a parent calls their child special, or smart, or their world, I don’t infer that they think my child is ordinary, dumb, or unimportant. I don’t assume that they wish my child would die. I understand that they have the same parental love for their kid as I do River and Willow. To me, this is just common sense.
For those that are of the Chrisitan, belief let me leave you with Luke 15, Where Jesus tells the parable of the 100 sheep.
“What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost until he finds it?”
Jesus didn’t say the 99 sheep should ask, “What about us? Don’t we matter?” No, he said to leave the 99 to save the 1.
Yes, all lives do matter. But now, at this moment, we need to focus on addressing the issues of one group who’ve been crying out for justice since our inception.
If we do that, we can finally arrive at the dream that is America.