Why "white lives matter" is dumb
When someone says "Black lives matter", what does that mean to you? If your first instinct is "well white lives matter just as much" or "black lives aren't more important than white lives", it appears we've stumbled upon the issue.
When someone says "save the whales", does that mean "idgaf about dolphins"? Of course not, tf? lol It means at this present time, whales are in danger and we need to do something, NOW! The reality is white lives have always mattered. The phrase "white lives matter" is empirically redundant. Unfortunately, black lives haven't enjoyed the same courtesy.
The "black lives matter" movement is proclaiming the idea that simply put, black lives matter, also! There was a time in our nation's history when black lives weren't even considered human. They were property. The phrase "All men are created equal" was written by white men that owned black people 🧐. The first time in history when black lives were considered human, they were deemed partially human. 3/5's human to be exact.
Once black lives were finally awarded the title of "full human", they were still denied some of those "unalienable rights" i.e. right to vote, right to a fair trial, etc. Since the birth of this nation (heavily thanks to free labor from black lives), black lives did not always matter. Once we started to matter, we were made sure to matter LESS.
Imagine your mother was under officer Chauvin's knee. Imagine your brother was being slowly murdered as other cops stood by doing nothing. Imagine one of your children or nieces or nephews was shot in cold blood; unarmed and innocent. Now imagine the person that murdered a member of your family walked free. Regardless of whatever your skin color is, that's a horrible tragedy and should never happen. Now imagine it happening again. And again. And again. And again. And again.
We've had enough. We passed the tipping point. These protests are for George Floyd, but also for every crime done to black lives that have evaded justice. Here's another excerpt from our Declaration of Independence:
"..But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security".
Do you realize that your forefathers (they weren't my forefathers) were considered criminals by going against England? They went so far as to go to literal war. And thank God that they did.
Guess what? Now that black lives are considered fully human and have access to our unalienable rights, after suffering "..a long train of abuses and usurpations.." we are executing our "right", our "duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards.." for our future security. Does that make sense?
If that doesn't make sense, allow me to paraphrase in the words of someone that might resonate with you, "You might be a racist." -Jeff Foxworthy
Black lives matter. For angry white people, Black Lives Matter [also].