UNDERSTANDING THE USE #ALLLIVESMATTER AND #BLACKLIVESMATTER HASHTAGS
The hashtag #alllivesmatter has been gaining popularity on social media platforms continuously for years. Many have an issue with using #blacklivesmatter because they are under the misconception that #alllivesmatter is more inclusive. Swarms of posts on social media about this have been surfacing following George Floyd’s death. Of course, all lives do matter. Those who oppose the use of #alllivesmatter are not, for the most part, negating that fact. But, there must be an emphasis on those lives who are currently less protected, less praised, and less prioritized, i.e. black lives.
It is important to be aware of fallacies in the argument of why #alllivesmatter is more inclusive than #blacklivesmatter.
- There is no invisible “only” in front of #blacklivesmatter
- All lives do matter, but some are more oppressed than others
- Emphasizing black lives does not take away from any other race, it simply highlights the need for their inclusion.
Whether you are someone who agrees with the differences between the hashtags, is working on understanding them, or are someone who simply reads to debunk, below are some videos and a tweet that aim to explain the discrepancies. They highlight allies proving their understanding of these differences while seeking to educate those who don’t.
All lives matter as long as no lives are left out.
The importance of #blacklivesmatter should not be outweighed because there are other forms of oppression in our world.
All lives do not matter when some people are unable to live with the same leisure as a white man.
If all lives matter, then people using the hashtag should be aware of every other life that is currently being oppressed and continues to remain “unequal.”