Catlin Gabel Conversations on “Black Lives Matter” vs. “All Lives Matter” Controversy

By Christina Spires ’16

After the assassination of Trayvon Martin on February 26, 2012, social media networks have been saturated with the hashtag “#BlackLivesMatter.”

“#BlackLivesMatter” was created over the popular social media platform, Twitter, to call attention to black lives being undervalued after many instances of police brutality against blacks including the deaths of Martin, Freddie Gray, and Eric Garner, all of whom died in the hands of police officers.

A protestor displaying the popular phrase, "Black Lives Matter." (Photo: Socially Urban)

A protestor displaying the popular phrase, “Black Lives Matter.” (Photo: Socially Urban)

In response to this movement, “#AllLivesMatter” was created, as a reminder that all lives matter, regardless of race.

The establishment of “#AllLivesMatter” became the catalyst of controversy, as many from the “#BlackLivesMatter” movement believe that the new hashtag is dismissive of the suffering and inequality faced by Blacks all over the United States.

Of course Black lives matter and of course all lives matter, the only reason there is a #BlackLivesMatter movement going on is simply because, the most basic human right: life, has not been upheld in our nation for the African American demographic lately,’ said Catlin Gabel BSU co-leader Juma Sei.

Below are responses from Catlin Gabel students and faculty and their thoughts on the “#BlackLivesMatter” vs. “#AllLivesMatter” controversy.