What’s Really the Matter?

[Photo description: Outdoors. Nighttime. At a rally in the street. A person is seen from the rear. They are wearing a jacket that has an “all lives matter” sign stitched to the back of it. Other people in the crowd.]

If you know anyone who actually and seriously uses the term “All Lives Matter,” particularly in response to #BlackLivesMatter, that person is anti-black — even if they are, themselves, black.

All Lives Matter is merely another way for people to say “Black lives don’t matter.”

(Darnell L. Moore breaks it down here so plainly that even a preschooler could understand.)

They’ll use all sorts of excuses to deny that, but at base, that is what they mean and that is what that term means.

These same people will often use the excuse “But you don’t protest when cops shoot white people!” That, of course, is a lie. It’s they who don’t protest when cops shoot white people. It’s they who remain silent in those situations because they’re caught between the white supremacist rock and the white supremacist hard place of deciding whether white supremacy calls for them to support the white cop or the white victim.

And when the immovable object meets the unstoppable force, they surrender.

Where that leaves black people is constantly trying to prove to white supremacists that we’re not what they say we are.

I don’t know about y’all, but I’m tired of that. As Toni Morrison said: It’s a distraction and there will always be one more thing to prove to them because their entire point is to never concede or recognize us as human.

White supremacists are unable to interpret or function in material reality. Their perspectives are inherently warped. They live in a realm of illusion generated by pure fear. Our attempts to get them to recognize our humanity are doomed to fail.

I know we want to take the moral high ground and that’s why we keep agreeing to compete in their obstacle courses. But let us remove ourselves from them, their games, and their false sense of reality, and find another manner in which to resolve the problems we face.

From L.A. Weekly:

“Over the last several months, the phrase ‘white lives matter’ has been derided by many as a willfully obtuse (and usually racist) response to the Black Lives Matter movement, particularly in light of the disproportionate number of African-Americans shot by police.

But one group of mostly African-American civil rights leaders is stepping up to question a deputy’s shooting of an unarmed, white, homeless man in Castaic — because it just might be the right thing to do.

‘We can’t only be advocates when black people are killed by police unjustly,’ says Najee Ali, founder of Project Islamic Hope.

Ali is organizing a coalition of civil rights groups, including Project Islamic Hope, the National Action Network and the L.A. Urban Policy Roundtable, which will call on state Attorney General Kamala Harris to launch an investigation of Tuesday’s shooting.”