For over a year now, we’ve been hearing the mantra that “black lives matter.” Many have responded by saying that all lives matter, whether black or not. Black Lives Matter activists insist that special attention needs to be paid to black lives right now.
The above meme compares that debate to the rhetoric of the Civil Rights era. What if, when Martin Luther King articulated his dream, whites responded by saying “all dreams matter?” Wouldn’t that sentiment miss the point?
Perhaps. Then again, King’s dream encompassed all people and inspired unity. Can the same be said of Black Lives Matter?