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In 2013 policeman George Zimmerman was acquitted of murder, after shooting black teenager Trayvon Martin to death. Many saw this as an example of racially motivated police brutality, and symptomatic of wider racial prejudices in the West. As public outrage grew, "Black Lives Matter" (BLM) became a rallying cry across the internet to protest against these injustices. The "All Lives Matter" (ALM) movement mobilised in response, seeing BLM as an affront to non-black rights. This has divided people. ALM argues that achieving an equal society requires inclusivity, and that focusing only on black lives is misleading and offensive to non-blacks. Meanwhile, their critics see the ALM movement as proof that black lives remain unequal. It is regarded as a problematic campaign. One that gives non-blacks license to distract from the uneven levels of inequality and prejudice faced by black people, and undermine their cause. With public figures including Richard Sherman , Ben Carson and Tim Scott active supporters of All Lives Matter, is it a legitimate protest for equality? Or does this campaign only deepen existing prejudice?

No, All Lives Matter is not a legitimate protest for equality Show more Show less

All Lives Matter is a movement to distract attention from inequalities faced by blacks. As UC Irvine Anthropology Professor Theo Goldberg explains: "The universalizing politics of “All lives matter” is one of racial dismissal, ignoring, and denial."
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All Lives Matter has been adopted by white supremacists

Those who argue All Lives Matter are often arguing from a point of racism. These individuals come together to subvert opportunities to overcome black disenfranchisement.

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The phrase “All Lives Matter” is coded language for “White Lives Matter,” as author Jason Reynolds claims. He states that when it comes to America, based on the numbers and the experiences of black people and other minorities, their lives haven’t mattered as much as white people’s lives. So when people claim all lives matter, then they’re talking about white people.[1] The adoption of All Lives Matter (ALM) by white supremacists turned it into “White Lives Matter.” While All Lives Matter came from a place of ignorance, White Lives Matter (WLM) became a racist response to the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. In early 2015, Texas-based white supremacist group Aryan Renaissance Society promoted the slogan “White Lives Matter.” Other white supremacist groups used and popularized this slogan by using flyers and protests until it eventually spread. By 2016 other groups, such as the Ku Klux Klan, began using it. It is now a staple among the white supremacist mantras.[2] This mantra turned into an inverse organization to the BLM movement. WLM describes themselves as a movement dedicated to promoting the white race and taking positive action to fight the issues white people face. WLM believes the Obama administration passed immoral orders against the white race. Part of their goal is to destroy the BLM movement.[3] The BLM movement does not strive for supremacy, as WLM wants. BLM wants black people to be treated like human beings and get fundamental human rights and freedom that white people already enjoy.

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Black people are not the only oppressed population. Many injustices occur all over the world, and there are not massive outcries over them. The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement values some lives more than others. Because of the nature of the police officer’s jobs, there will always be violence. This violence affects all people of color, as we saw with Justine Ruszczyk, a blonde white man, who was killed by Mohamed Noor in 2017.[4] We also have to accept the fact that there will be people with racist ideas and views. That doesn’t reflect the majority of people living in America. That does not reflect the concept of All Lives Matter (ALM), as ALM works to include everyone and ensure people hear their struggles. While it is essential to focus on the cruel actions of some and work to hold them accountable, we cannot ignore the progress that’s occurring. Singling out and prioritizing one group of people over others in unfair and forces people to think in a vacuum. Celebrating those victories will work to restore our faith in humanity and unite us as people.[4]

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  1. https://www.cbsnews.com/video/does-all-lives-matter-really-mean-white-lives-matter/
  2. https://www.adl.org/education/references/hate-symbols/white-lives-matter
  3. https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/extremist-files/group/white-lives-matter
  4. https://www.spectator.com.au/2020/06/do-all-lives-still-matter/
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