#BlackLivesMatter began in 2012 after the acquittal of George Zimmerman. The hashtag and movement have grown, and Black Lives Matter is a call to action against anti-Black racism in the U.S.
When hearing or reading #BlackLivesMatter, many respond with #AllLivesMatter. Why do you think some people respond in this way? Does All Lives Matter erase the purpose and meaning of the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter and its accompanying movement?
Check out these links for background reading.
Why 'All Lives Matter' is a perilous phrase
Daniel Victor, July 15, 2016, The New York Times
When you're accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression Chris Boeskool, March 14, 2016, Huffington Post
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