John Malik
opinion

The All Lives Matter Slogan Was Acceptable For a Long Time

Even the vice president used it. Such slogans show a total disrespect toward what Black Lives Matter is trying to accomplish.
The All Lives Matter Slogan Was Acceptable For a Long Time
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Among certain groups of Americans, saying "all lives matter," or being actively against the Black Lives Matter movement was still acceptable. Even now, after support for the Black Lives Matter movement has grown rapidly in the past few months, still only 63% of Americans support the Black Lives Matter Movement. Some 68% of Republicans are actively against it, according to the same Washington Post-ABC News poll. As recently as June of this year, Vice President Mike Pence refused to say "black lives matter." Instead, he repeated again in a TV interview: "I really believe that all lives matter." "All lives matter" might seem like an innocuous term, but its meaning is ignorant at best and racist at worst. Activists have often used the metaphor of a house on fire: if a neighbor's house is on fire, there's no sense in saying "All houses matter" and spraying water on the house that is not on fire. "No one's saying that your life doesn't matter," blogger Ayanna Lage told CBS news. "What we're saying… is all lives can't matter until black lives matter."
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Poll finds majority support for Black Lives Matter, but opposition to defunding police, reparations
Pence on Black Lives Matter: "I really believe all lives matter"
Why saying "all lives matter" communicates to Black people that their lives don't