Do you know the problem that I have with the All Lives Matter argument? It’s that the All Lives Matter rhetoric came about when African Americans starting speaking out against the very same systematic racism and police brutality that is being splashed across our TV’s every night as if it was a sitcom.
Which is a shame, that we still have to exhaust ourselves by banging against the wall that is white privilege and denial to prove that, even with clear video evidence, state-sanctioned police profiling and murdering of African Americans really does exist.
To be clear I do believe that every life is precious and that no matter the race, creed or color, every person’s life matters whether they look like me or not.
But when you have people that are purposely tone-deaf to African Americans basically begging not to be killed for something as trivial as being black while being black, then there is a problem.
Case in point, the All Lives Matters supporters had no problem in pointing out the horrific travesty of the Dallas policemen that were unjustly murdered but were silent on the deaths of both Alton Sterling and Philando Castile or blamed both of them for their current predicament.
Hell, even the NRA was slow in commenting on the death of Philando Castille who was licensed to carry a gun and had a valid permit with him at the time of his death.
And when the NRA did respond, they referred to Philando’s death as “reports from Minnesota.” It neither named Castile directly nor took a position on the shooting.
The NRA released a statement hours after the attack in Dallas early Friday morning left five police officers dead unlike their limp reaction to the fatal shooting of Philando Castile in Minnesota.
These same people are always quick to say “let’s not rush to judgment,” or “let’s wait to all the facts have been shared before trying and sentencing an officer in the court of public opinion” although the camera shows the murdering of an unarmed African American male at the hands of a police officer.
Tomi Lahren, who hosts a program on Glenn Beck’s The Blaze and others like her argue that African Americans shouldn’t talk about race or racism anymore since its supposedly nonexistent and just let America heal from its past wrongs, as if not talking about it is going to magically erase the past 400 hundred years while making race relations better in the future.
As of last week, at least 136 African Americans were killed by police, yet I haven’t heard the All Lives Matter supporters say that all Americans should be appalled by this startling number like it did when Dallas police officers were ambushed.
But again, All Lives Matter, or is it that All Lives Matter only when African Americans try to bring to the forefront that the social injustices plaguing our communities for years can no longer be swept under the rug?
What do you think? Do All Lives really matter? Or do they matter only when it comes to drowning out African American suffering?
Talk to me, I’ll talk back?