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.
i feel like the saints row fandom doesn’t appreciate shaundi’s criminal side enough. she set up a pruno ring in prison with johnny, works as a lieutenant in a brutal street gang, is an incredibly proficient hacker, and most importantly shestole my heart