(All Lives Will Matter When Black Lives Matter)
Sometimes recontextualizing an idea- intentionally taking it out of context- can be incredibly revealing. It helps to reconsider the intent behind our words, the baggage they carry, or the underlying message. It's easy to say that all lives matter, because yes, of course all lives matter. It's a neutral thing to say. But saying that Black Lives matter isn't neutral. It's taking a stance. It's saying: I [see police brutality, the prison industrial complex, negative media representation] racism, and I choose to oppose it. It is the opposite of neutral.