#blacklivesmatter does indeed put emphasis on the lives of African Americans, a concept that never made me feel particularly wronged as a non- African American, but someone else felt otherwise and combated their bruised ego with #alllivesmatter. Now to be clear, I believe all lives matter, however, I think this movement has brought emphasis onto the hashtag itself and away from the issues that need to be discussed. Rather than awareness we simply have a war of pound signs and the bizarre idea that we can only support one cause through social media. I live under no illusion; social media is powerful and hashtags have their purpose. We have a social obligation to bring these issues to light, but raising awareness is only the first part of this obligation. It costs nothing to be aware and use a hashtag, so use them all you want. However, if nothing you do has a cost you probably aren't making a real difference. So, before you tell someone that their hashtag contradicts yours, just consider a few things:
One: the juxtaposition is probably helping your cause stay on the trending column longer that it would have without the controversy
Two: if you say that lives matter, get angry, and then tell someone to kill themselves in an online argument, you need to reevaluate some things
Three: if the issue really matters to you, take it beyond your angry Facebook rant and do something about it
This concludes the thoughts on this topic that I wish to publicly express, though I hope to hear some of your thoughts in the comment section. Think, comment, and remember kids, try not to be too much of an a######.