“Those in the Black Lives Matter movement say black people are in immediate danger and need immediate attention, like the broken bone or house on fire. Saying ‘All Lives Matter’ in response would suggest to them that all people are in equal danger, invalidating the specific concerns of black people. ‘You’re watering the house that’s not burning, but you’re choosing to leave the house that’s burning unattended,’ said Allen Kwabena Frimpong, an organizer for the New York chapter of Black Lives Matter. ‘It’s irresponsible.’ More to the point: It is a given that all lives matter, said Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, and assistant professor of African-American Studies at Princeton University. ‘That has always been an assumption,’ she said. ‘The entire point of Black Lives Matter is to illustrate the extent to which black lives have not mattered in this country.'”

Source: Daniel Victor. “Why ‘All Lives Matter’ Is Such A Perilous Phrase.” New York Times. July 15, 2016. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/16/us/all-lives-matter-black-lives-matter.html?_r=0.


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