In “The Truth of ‘Black Lives Matter'” the New York Times Editorial Board gets it right. Chanting “black lives matter” at a protest doesn’t mean black lives matter more than other lives, but that historically they have mattered less and that horrific truth requires attention and change.
“The Black Lives Matter movement focuses on the fact that black citizens have long been far more likely than whites to die at the hands of the police, and is of a piece with this history… Demonstrators who chant the phrase are …an indisputable fact — that the lives of black citizens in this country historically have not mattered, and have been discounted and devalued.”
When you hear the phrase, ignore the urge to reply with “all lives matter” and listen instead. OF COURSE ALL LIVES MATTER, but if that’s your response to this movement, you’re missing the point.
Read the rest of the NYT Opinion here.