Written by: Chris Hamilton
Shout out to everyone who didn’t post “#AllCitiesMatter.” Congratulations for taking the high road! For the past few days social media has been going crazy with terrorist attacks overseas and police brutality in America, which both have yet to be resolved. Just in case you don’t know what happened in the past few days, ISIS attacked a few cities one of which was Paris. In response to ISIS’ attack in Paris, France sent out their French jets and bombed Syria, one of ISIS’ main headquarters. After hearing about the attack a number of proud Americans praised France for their actions all over social media but here’s the thing that I’m confused about, a lot of those people praising the French Jets for bombing ISIS are the exact same people who would say #AllLivesMatter. If you’re confused by the connection, I’ll try my best to explain. For some time now unarmed African Americans have been gunned down by police on and off camera which resulted in the black community creating the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter but, in a record time, another group of people created a hashtag to rebuke black lives matter. Some supporters of the police department or just anti-BlackLivesMatter introduced a new hashtag #AllLivesMatter. Now, what’s confusing is that those who use All Lives Matter in a response to say no life is more valuable than any other and have been telling the Black Lives Matter Community “All lives matter” and every life is precious, were the same people to quickly celebrate France’s attack on Syria. It’s as hypocritical as when republicans are pro-life but insist we go to war all the time.
The point is simple, if you think all lives matter and I mean literally all lives, then wouldn’t you be against dropping 20 bombs where other humans reside, even if they’re terrorist lives? Because those bombs would without a doubt be destroying hundreds or thousands of lives, which also defeats the whole purpose of #AllLivesMatter. I’m not saying it’s an easy decision to make but you can’t say “all lives matter” when we know that’s never the case. It comes down to the amount of hypocrisy that we as a nation accept in America. The issue is people parading concepts of full, unqualified equality of people’s lives and then commending military strikes that kill countless amounts of people. So it seems like the only lives that matter are American lives, but yet we supported France with the Facebook filter, so it can’t just be American lives. Then it must be those who deserve to be attacked and bombed, those people’s lives must not matter, but there wasn’t a filter created for the victims in Kenya when it was under attack or even the innocent police officers killed in the line of duty. So maybe it’s certain types of people, certain people that do receive special treatment and if that is the case then all lives don’t matter and we are just pretending that they all do.
It’s simple, certain tragedies receive special treatment because we as Americans go by this selective sympathy method. Which is why there isn’t a filter for Kenya or Beirut or when a cop is killed or even an unarmed black man or woman. Which by the way, there are a lot of unspoken black female deaths too and I feel horrible for the other cases that don’t even see the light of day or justice in this case. If this offends you I’m sorry, I just want to understand. When exactly do all lives start to matter?