COLUMN: Equity isn’t a competition — A rebuttal to “All Lives Matter”

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By Akim Hudson

Imagine attempting to equate the struggles of a populous that has been oppressed for generations.

All because you feel left out.

All because you are concerned about preserving your privilege, that you are ultimately myopic of. All because you would rather feel like your plight is so agonizing, than understanding that the black struggle is much more than hashtags and slogans.  

Yes, everyone’s life matters, obviously. But when you attempt to use “all lives matter” as an antithesis to “black lives matter,” what you are doing is contributing to this everlasting problem.

You are basically saying, “blacks have a rough life, but I do too,” or attempt to compare your petty struggles to systemic oppression. The black struggle isn’t a trend on social media. It isn’t a concept that one should tag along with due to feeling left out.  

Until you dwell amongst your own home with an innate target on your back.

Until your people are constantly being slain and senselessly murdered. Until your community suffers from perpetual oppression.

I don’t want to hear this “all lives matter” malarkey that you spew out of your mouth. Stop being more upset about the results of injustice than the injustice itself.

Stop treating equity as if it is a competition.