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Is Saying #AllLivesMatter Instead of #BlackLivesMatter Better?
Both sayings are equally harmful, as they each reduce complex issues to hollow and divisive platitudes.
Reducing complex issues to single-sentence rallying cries like this encourages people to take sides rather than listen to each other.
Given how contentious the phrases are, it would be wise to back away from them: they have been too tainted by the controversy to be effective phrases any longer.
It's not only black people who have suffered hardship. Other races, including white people, have had their fair share of hardship. Singling out "black lives" is unfair.
All slogans are used to reduce complex issues, but not all slogans are harmful, some create an impact and with it social change.
The purpose of BLM is to educate the public about the racial discrimination that exists. Teaching is about making a point, not representing the whole of reality.