Stop Saying 'All Lives Matter'
Start writing a post
Politics and Activism

Stop Saying 'All Lives Matter'

And stop pretending white privilege isn't real, too.

24
Stop Saying 'All Lives Matter'
giphy

I am not a person of color. I cannot and will not sit here and waste your time and mine by pretending to understand what people of color go through every day in this country. In fact, this piece won’t even scratch the surface of the strata of injustice that the large majority of this country turns a blind eye to on the daily. But that’s not the goal here.

While I hold deep in my heart an ardent, unwavering belief in the power of journalism, I don’t believe for a single second that a five-hundred word piece written by an upper-middle class white girl from a cul-de-sac in the middle of Suburbia, USA, will transform a nation so deeply divided as ours.

I know this article won’t change the world, and that’s okay. I’m far from a saint; there is a surfeit of others who are better qualified to speak on this topic than I. But I have been given a voice and a platform, and it’s time for me to take a break from writing about Grey’s Anatomy and my insane love for all things New Jersey and start taking advantage of it. (You can wait another week to find out what I’m currently watching on Netflix and what I think of Justin Bieber’s latest shenanigans.)

I’ve lived nearly 20 years without having to worry about things because of the privilege I have as a white person. It doesn’t mean that I haven’t faced hardships and discrimination (I’m a female in America, after all!) It just means these hardships weren’t a result of the color of my skin.

White privilege doesn’t mean you should be ashamed or embarrassed to be white. It means you should make a point to keep that privilege in check and remember that there are some things you’ll just never experience or understand because of the color of your skin.

I didn’t understand all of this from the very beginning-- but I’ve made it a point to educate myself about a movement for equality that I am behind 100%. It took time for me to really comprehend this concept of white privilege and how dismissive, rude, and ignorant saying “all lives matter” really is. But I know now, and I know that this silencing of a cry for justice needs to end.

Because here’s the thing: “Black Lives Matter” isn’t up for debate. To quote Louis C.K., one of my favorite comedians,"When a person tells you that you hurt them, you don’t get to decide that you didn’t." When someone says “black lives matter”, you do not get to dismiss them by saying “all lives matter.” You do not get to disavow their feelings and silence their cry for help. Yes, we are all important and all of our lives do matter. But that’s not the point.

The point of the Black Lives Matter movement isn’t to say no one else matters. It’s to bring attention to a community that is in dire need of justice and awareness-- not to tear others down or suggest supremacy of any kind. That’s what Trump is here for.

All lives do matter. But right now, certain lives need more attention than others. Individuals across the nation are coming together to demand justice- It's time to stop wasting breath trying to silence a cry that is more powerful than feigned ignorance will ever be. Saying “all lives matter” serves no purpose except to repudiate awareness. So please, just stop.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Featured

How Much Money Do You Need to Start A Franchise

If you are thinking about starting a new franchise, you probably wonder how much money you need to start a franchise? Franchises can be a very profitable business, but they are also quite complex than many people realize. Not only do you have to find a profitable niche in an already existing market, but you also must find the right franchise to operate in that niche.

3958

If you are thinking about starting a new franchise, you probably wonder how much money you need to start a franchise? Franchises can be a very profitable business, but they are also quite complex than many people realize. Not only do you have to find a profitable niche in an already existing market, but you also must find the right franchise to operate in that niche. If you aren't knowledgeable of how franchises work, this article will hopefully equip you with the information you need to determine the amount of money you need to invest in starting your own franchise.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

Sometimes I Prefer The World A Bit Blurry

Ignorance is actually pretty bliss...

47274
Photo by JERRYANG on Flickr

I have been wearing glasses since I was seven years old. When I was young, I loved wearing my glasses. Noticing each individual leaf on a tree or the distinct smile lines on my mother's face was an absolute dream. Now I prefer to take off my glasses at times, despite being considered legally blind. Twinkle lights glow brighter when blurred. It is easier to ignore the graying hairs when viewed in a softer light. All in all, the famous cliche "ignorance is bliss" couldn't be truer.

Keep Reading... Show less
Olivia White

"The American flag does not fly because the wind moves it. It flies from the last breath of each solider who died protecting it."

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

Separation Anxiety in Pets

Separation anxiety in pets is a real thing and recognizing the warning signs is important.

510102

Since March, Covid-19 required most of the world to quarantine in their homes. Majority of people ended up working from home for nearly five months. This meant pet owners were constantly with their pets giving them attention, playing with them, letting them out etc. Therefore, when the world slowly started to open up again and pet owners began returning to normal life work schedules away from the home, pet owners noticed a difference in the way their pet acted. Many pets develop separation anxiety especially during this crazy time when majority people were stuck inside barely leaving the house.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments