Why We Say, “White Lives Matter”

Rather than “All Lives Matter”


By Martin Kerr


The catchphrase “Black Lives Matter” initially popped up after the Negro riots in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014. At first the slogan gained some traction, both among the general Black population and among ideologically-driven anti-White leftists. After several months, however, it faded away. The hardcore advocates of the BLM movement did not forget about it, though. Rather, they put it on the shelf for use in some future racial disruption.


That opportunity emerged earlier this year, following the death of a Negro criminal in police custody. Surprisingly, this time the slogan has spread throughout mainstream America. The media, always sympathetic to any issue that can be used to undermine White society, has been instrumental in making “Black Lives Matter” popular also among White liberals and many moderates, not just among the Negro population and its autistic “anti-Fascist” allies. Even some conservatives have hopped on BLM bandwagon.


But not everyone is on board. As presented to the general public, “Black Lives Matter” is a complete slogan. It is in this sense that many Whites support it. But among the Marxists who generated it, “Black Lives Matter” is shorthand for a more aggressive and violent train of thought: “Black Lives Matter More than Any Other Lives, and White Lives Don’t Matter at All.”


Non-Whites are generally more attuned to the nuances of racial dialog than White people. Negroes apart, other non-Whites realize that “Black Lives Matter” marginalizes them. Thus, it is unsurprising that Asians, American Indians and mestizo Hispanics are not enthused by it. Along with many White people, the slogan “All Lives Matter,” which implicitly includes Blacks lives, seems more reasonable. Mainstream Christians, with their universalist outlook, also prefer “All Lives Matter,” although they often defer to Negro sensibilities and go along with “Black Live Matter.”