Look at the treatment of law enforcement to white people, or all the other lives that don’t fall within the African American ethnic group. While their lives surely matter to their friends and family, they aren’t seeing their lives thrown away by police as if they don’t matter. The reason why the movement isn’t “all lives matter” is because all the other lives aren’t evaluated by the law enforcement in a snap judgement, where a negative assessment is taking a life. For an African American person, this is the reality. For the rest, it shouldn't be that hard to understand.
As I have reported before, the distance between the African American community and the police in this country has never been greater. This is most evident in the age of cell phones with cameras that seem to be proving on a daily basis that the perceived interactions between the two entities hasn’t always gone the way the police say they do. Of course, there is already a lack of trust there, but again, there is validation of that in the way this has all played out. The question now is, how do you interpret the evidence? With every video that gets released, the answer seems more clear.
The fact is, an African American man is killed at the hands of police every 21 hours in this country. While it can be understood that some of these situations were violent and could not have been avoided, the proof that has come out lately shows that in many cases, the death of a participant is not necessary. However, due to the very real element of racism that still exists in this country, that fuels preconceived notions that don’t manifest until high stress situations, death to the African American person is often the result of a weak minded, or lazy, law enforcement professional. Of course, this is not acceptable on any level. It does however provide us with the answer to the original question. Why isn’t it “all lives matter”? Why does it have to be “black lives matter”?
The reason why it has to be “black lives matter” is that the lives of black people are being taken at a drastically higher rate in these situations. The African American community has a legitimate right to want to bring the focus to their plight, because they are the ones being judged by harsher standards than everyone else, and that judgement can, and often does, lead to death. So yes, all life matters, but all lives aren’t at risk in this conversation, or these situations. Black lives are, and that’s why it has to be “Black Lives Matter”. In the end, if a person can’t understand that, maybe they don’t have to. Maybe the message is just to the police, the judges, and the lawmakers, because they are the ones that seem to not understand that very simple concept. Black lives matter. Once they get it, we can get it to everyone else.
Or you can get it now, so we can get started.