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Black lives matter

My first response to hearing ‘black lives matter’ was to say “all lives matter” - which as a white woman looks a lot like joining in the rhetoric of 'all lives matter and my life matters more than yours’ but that is not what i meant.

When i said all lives matter i meant:

Black lives matter too much for us to not cry when they end too soon, from drug abuse or police brutality or gang warfare or suicide.

I meant that North Korean lives matter too much for us to continue ignoring their cries for help.

I meant muslim lives matter too much for us to let terrorism win and oppress a whole religion and all the cultures within that.

I meant third-world lives matter too much for us to continue to rape their cultures and countries and not give them the chance to grow.

I meant that refugee lives matter too much for us to turn them away at our doors.

I meant that female lives matter too much for us to systematically repress them.

I mean that male lives matter too much for us to systematically repress their emotions.

I meant that LGBT lives matter too much for us to continue letting them end their own lives, or being kicked out of their homes, towns, countries.

And i meant so much more besides.

So please, if you hear me say “all lives matter” know i am not detracting from your cause. Know i am fighting at your side. Know i have your back. Know that i cry for your pain.

Because when i say all lives matter

I mean Every. Single. One.