As we were marching down Washington St. in Cambridge during the Black Lives Matter march, an angry, young, white woman leaped onto her front porch and screamed at us, “All lives matter, all lives matter, all lives matter. . .”
“What do you say to that?” the woman walking next to me asked. I had to think about it. There is nothing in the Black Lives Matter rhetoric to indicate that the lives of people of other races are not important or even less important than black lives. In fact, some leaders in the Black Lives Matter movement have expressed concern about this frequent comeback. “Maybe we should have said, ‘black lives matter too,’” some have mused.
A few days later it occurred to me that I could have said, “If all lives matter, why are so many black citizens being killed by some police officers?” After all, if all lives matter, that does not mean that black lives do not matter. It means that they do. Perhaps I could have said, “Yes, they do, including black lives.”
Yes, all lives do matter, but isn’t it time that black lives became part of “all lives”?
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Alan Boisvert says
Excellent point Susan!!!