All Lives Can’t Matter Until Black Lives Matter

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“It’s not to say that other lives don’t matter, but saying that the centering of trauma and violence and oppressive, discriminatory policies on us, that it creates a circumstance where we are considered second-class citizens in the world and people do believe that our lives don’t matter.”-Black Lives Matter Portland activist Teressa Raiford 

Full article here: Black Lives Matter leaders say ‘All Lives Matter’ label misses the point

“If a house is burning down, you’re obviously going to focus on putting out the fire instead of watering a house that’s just fine. In this analogy, black lives are the burning house, and everyone else is living much more comfortably in the house that isn’t burning down. Clearly, one is a bigger problem.” German Lopez in Vox article

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