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Is Saying #AllLivesMatter Instead of #BlackLivesMatter Better?
The phrase "All Lives Matter" is often used by people to deny that racism against black people exists.
Although all life is valuable, black lives are the ones under suppression and being discriminated against so the focus must be on them.
People who say "All Lives Matter" don't really believe that all lives matter. They are just using it as a response against the "Black Lives Matter" movement. It is a tactic deliberately designed to derail the conversation about racial equality in the USA.
Historical discrimination cannot be resolved by just removing the source of discrimination. An inverse discrimination (albeit, progressively diminishing and only for a calculated time) is required to make it really equitable.
exists of a white man with a sign saying "All Lives Matter - Go home & get a job"; this demonstrates how racism is undermined by using #AllLivesMatter.
We should not let people who deny racism decide how a phrase is used or understood, otherwise, we are allowing racists to control our language. All lives should matter whether or not racism deniers also use the term.