There is an important distinction between focus and exclusion. To say that Black lives matter is not to say that other lives do not. But as is highlighted every 28 hours in the United States, as a black person is murdered by police, Black lives, in the eyes of the State, and white supremacist culture, do not matter. By shouting “All lives matter,” is to silence the experience of Black folks, in a similar way that yelling “not all men,” is to silence the experience of “yes all women.” To focus the experience on Black lives is fundamental to undoing a history of violent white supremacy. All lives matter does not uphold life; it upholds racism.
– Brett Goldberg
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