My sociology teacher made the class write down three words that we would use to identify ourselves. Some had job titles, a good handful their religion. POC wrote down their ethnicity /race. Not a single white person wrote that they where white. Not. One. We didn’t have to, our teacher explained, we are the default.
So when phrases like #alllivesmatter start trending, I know that it is not because those saying that believe that #Latinolivesmatter, #Asainlivesmatter, or #Gaylivesmatter, because if they did they would realize that each of those are different groups that are complex and DESERVE THEIR OWN lime light. #AllLivesMatter isn’t a master ‘check box’ that when checked simultaneously covers all diverse and sub-culture groups as if on a great big list. Therefore the ONLY purpose of stating #AllLivesMatter is to take us back to the norm, the excepted, and the default.
SO STOP FUCKING SAYING #AllLivesMatter