Sunday, July 24, 2016

Black Lives Matter.

I cannot comprehend the people who argue that the movements #BlackLivesMatter, #DisabledLivesMatter, #LGBTQLivesMatter, as well as other marginalized demographics whose lives matter, mean all lives don't matter.

All lives SHOULD matter. The whole point is that certain lives are treated as if they do not. It does NOT mean other lives don't matter.

People who cannot comprehend that discrimination happens and thereby devalues lives of entire demographics of people are part of the problem.

Yes, all lives matter. But if you're hung up on that to the extent that you can't understand why marginalized people are asking to have the value of their lives acknowledged, you are living in blind privilege.

Racism exists. Sexism exists. Heteronormativity exists. Ableism exists. Classism exists. Religious intolerance exists. Elitism exists. Gendernormativity exists.

Please stop saying all lives matter. It shows your ignorance of the struggles marginalized people face. Everyone ought to know that all lives matter by default.

Out society does not treat all lives as if they matter though. THAT is the point of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, a movement that black and African-American people have generously allowed other marginalized groups to borrow (some of which I noted above.)

CBC Story on Black Lives Matter

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