So, Black people have constantly been pointing out that #BlackLivesMatter is a very specific hashtag that was created by and for Black peoples struggles against racist policing and violence. The appropriation of #BlackLivesMatter is a part of the constant process of other groups trying to steal momentum from Black struggles, much like how other groups tried to appropriate #BlackOut. As Native Americans, we have more than enough imagination and history of struggle to draw upon that doesn’t rely upon the appropriation of Black peoples creativity and struggle.
Some other potential hashtags to use:
#RISE (stands for Radical Indigenous Survivance and Empowerment)
I’m not the most creative person, I’m sure we as a community can think of more and/or better ones, but I think this is a good way for us to create sites to empower and support our own struggles without copying others.
And if any Black/African American members have comments about how we can best approach this issue, I welcome them.