You see, many–not all–but many of the folks who proclaim ALL lives matter mean exactly the opposite. They mean the lives they choose to encompass in their personal, cherry-picked version of ALL.
Millions of Americans just proved with their ballots that the lives of Mexicans living in the United States don’t matter. Or Muslims. Or Syrian refuges fleeing death and persecution. The lives of illegal immigrants don’t matter. The lives of the poor and welfare recipients don’t either.
If ALL is to be ALL, if we are concerned about the safety and well-being of ALL, is the welfare cheat, the lowest of scum according to many Americans, included in those three letters? Does it matter if you don’t believe in God or if you are pro-choice, if you are homosexual? Do you need to be American to be included in ALL? What if you are anti-gun, or a socialist or a communist? If you’re an addict or adulterous? Are there conditions that need to be met?
It would seem that way. The folks who loudly insist that ALL lives matter are often the same ones who bray for blood, for revolution, for taking back. They are some of the same who anonymously wish death, rape, and cancer on those who don’t agree, (if you ever want to experience the bottom-feeding horribleness of the human race, check out the comments section of any article covering politics), the ones more concerned with owning an AK47 than protecting the lives of schoolchildren. Are schoolchildren not included in the ALL? How about a woman whose life in endangered by a pregnancy–does she count?
At its least offensive, All Live Matter is meant to be reminder to treat our fellow human beings like human beings, to respect ALL life. I understand the need to make sense of a topsy-turvy world, I understand the desire to use it to be inclusive. Yet most of the time it is anything but. The reality is that most things I see and read point in the opposite direction. Everything that is being screamed at me, being touted and voted for, shouted and demanded goes against the very notion of ALL, not only in the United States, but all over the place.
Which is, of course, the exact point of Black Lives Matter: not to prove that black lives matter MORE, just that historically, they haven’t been included in most people’s cherry-picked versions of ALL.
So unless you’re ready to truly include ALL in those three letters–the immigrant, the foreigner, the Jew, the black, the atheist, the refugee, the lesbian, the transgender kid, the Muslim, the woman who uses abortion as birth control, the guy on welfare, the unarmed black teen who got shot in the back, and yes, the cop—-until you’re ready to stand up for ALL those lives?