Black Lives Matter vs All Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter.

It’s a campaign that arose from the tragic death of 17 year old Trayvon Martin in 2012.  It’s a movement that has sparked this nation.

People are either strictly for or against the social movement.  There are those who argue that the movement holds a certain degree of prejudice and ignorance.  Furthermore, these individuals feel it is ethical to replace the “Black Lives Matter” motto with “All Lives Matter” in order to emphasize overall equality.


However, the Black Lives Matter movement argues for peace and equal rights for all.  The organization and movement simply inform others that black lives matter, just as all other lives do too.  The movement and motto also serve as a reminder.  It serves to remember the lives of African Americans and acknowledges that equal rights should not be granted to just one race.  According to The Black Lives Matter website, “It is a tactic to (re)build the Black liberation movement….BlackLivesMatter is working for a world where Black lives are no longer systematically and intentionally targeted for demise.”  This movement is not meant to exclude, but rather include a race that has been historically segregated and unfairly persecuted.

There are plenty of movements and campaigns which are related to a specific cause, but speak for a general issue at hand.  Take Breast Cancer Awareness month; a month which acknowledges the support and research of Breast Cancer.  The month still recognizes and helps cancer funded research, but it focuses specifically on a very real cancer that affects 1 in 8 U.S women each year.

Also, the Save the Rain Forest campaign supports the importance of protecting our natural rain forests.  It supports nature as a whole and the need to provide a healthy environment for mother earth and its inhabitants.  Save the Rain Forest, doesn’t neglect Coniferous or Boreal forests; it supports all wildlife, but focuses on the very real importance of rain forests.

Black Lives Matter is not meant to downplay any other race, occupation, religion, etc.  The movement is meant to bring attention to social injustice and create positive change.

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