An actor's recent account of a conversation with a complete stranger places in stark contrast arguments made in favor of the "All Lives Matter" rallying cry and those made against it by activists in the Black Lives Matter movement.
Lee Edward Colston II was wearing a Black Lives Matter T-shirt on a train when he said that an older white man asked him a question.
"Why do black people get offended when we say 'All Lives Matter'?" the man reportedly asked. "I really want to understand."
According to Colston, the man on the train was reading a book about climate change, so he asked him about it. After the man explained the genuinely dire consequences of global warming — consequences specific to our planet — and noted the importance of taking action to save it, Colston issued a three-word response.
"All planets matter."
"That's not fair. It's not the same thing," the man said, apparently objecting to Colston's focus on all planets when one particular planet was in need. "Because it completely dismisses the fact that... Oh..."
And that was the moment, the actor's post suggested, that the man realized why activists prefer to say that black lives matter.
Colston shared his perfect analogy to Facebook on August 15. As of Wednesday, his post received over 18,000 shares.
In a July 15 New York Times article, editor Daniel Victor explains that the "All Lives Matter" phrase suggests that all people are in equal danger, which invalidates the specific concerns of black people. And while there have been many superb analogies for Black Lives Matter, Colston's incredible story serves as another fine example.
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