Activist: “All Lives Matter” is a Racist Phrase
According to one of the co-founders of the Black Lives Matter organization, it’s unacceptable for critics to proclaim that white lives are also important. In an interview with Fox News, Marissa Janae Johnson said that “All Lives Matter” was a “new racial slur” meant to absolve whites of their responsibilities.
“White Americans have created the conditions that require a phrase like ‘Black Likes Matter,’” said Johnson. “Do you know how horrific it is to grow up as a child in a world that so hates you? While you’re literally being gunned down in the street, while you’re being rounded up and mass incarcerated and forced into prison slavery. Black Lives Matter is not a strong enough statement for me.”
Asked what white Americans should be doing to make up the difference, Johnson said, “What it’s gonna take to dismantle white supremacy is white folks actually gotta give up something. You have to actually sacrifice yourself. You have to be willing to give up the things that you currently benefit from.”
So this isn’t really that controversial; it’s not much more than a concise summary of Democratic Party politics. Didn’t President Obama warn us in the early years of his tenure that we would have to make sacrifices on behalf of the economy? Didn’t he go back to that well when it came to push for climate change regulations? Democrats live and breathe on a platform of sacrifice, and the guilt-ridden whites who vote for liberals will be all-too-willing to jump on this train as well.
But it still doesn’t answer the question of what, exactly, white people are supposed to sacrifice. Is this a thinly veiled call for reparations? Are we supposed to dismantle our system of law enforcement so that criminals are no longer “forced into prison slavery”?
Liberals – black, white, or otherwise – don’t like to get into the specifics, though. They know their voters. They know that it’s more about making grand proclamations and tugging hard on those heartstrings and less about policy. Free college, expanded entitlements, universal healthcare. That’s what voters want to hear. They don’t want to talk about the icky stuff like where this money is going to come from. Let the rich whites worry about that. Time for them to make some sacrifices, yo.
Here’s the snag, though. Not every Democrat voter is a raging liberal. And when those voters hear things like “all lives matter is a racial slur,” they’re going to start losing sympathy in a hurry.
Well, one hopes, anyway.