Why #BlackLivesMatter

I firmly believe that all lives matter. Nevertheless, it is imperative to recognize the specific importance of black lives in the context of our history of white imperialism invoking black suppression. By retaliating against the ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬ movement with ‪#‎AllLivesMatter‬, we declare that black lives do not matter enough for their worth to be publicly proclaimed.

Sandra Bland mural in Ottawa painted by artists, Allan André and Kalkidan Assefa, is defaced with
Sandra Bland mural in Ottawa painted by artists, Allan André and Kalkidan Assefa, is defaced with “ALL LIVES MATTER” less than 48 hours after installment.

Spreading the #AllLivesMatter message buries the real suffering, anger, and injustices that have inspired this very movement to reassert black pride and the value of black lives into America, and it dilutes the real issue at hand. As much as I’d like it to be, racism is not dead, and ignoring race or “moving beyond race” does not end racism. We continue to assert white supremacy by intentionally erasing and misconstruing the African American narrative. Recognizing and celebrating race, ethnicity, and culture while actively working to dismantle our decades-old systems of racialization is the pathway to justice. Until black lives matter, all lives matter unequally.

K

*Author’s Note:  After being accused of Nazism, I have realized that choosing to utilize the pronoun “we” may make me come across as hating blacks and in support of everything that I noted as wrong about the #AllLivesMatter campaign.  This is not true at all!  Rather, I chose to utilize “we” to avoid a directly accusatory tone while aligning myself with the population of people who promote the #AllLivesMatter propoganda (namely whites) in order to promote understanding of and facilitate a change in their perspective.

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