Why Conservatives’ #AllLivesMatter Is Complete B.S.

In an effort to disregard #BlackLivesMatter, conservatives (and those generally ignorant of just what Black Lives Matter is) have created their own viral hashtag, #AllLivesMatter. Surely on the surface it sounds pretty good. Yes, we know, all lives matter. However, conservatives are using ‘All Lives Matter’ to negate the struggle of black Americans facing police brutality.

Now, if they weren’t intentionally trying to be jerks by brushing off black plight, I might believe conservatives when they say All Lives Matter.

Except there’s a few tiny things that would make me think twice…

  • They don’t care about the lives of those on death row -There are currently 3,125 people waiting their fate on death row in America. Certainly the lives of those 3,125 people should matter if “All Lives Matter.” It’s no surprise that Republicans support the death penalty almost 30% more than Democrats. You have to ask yourself – is it a coincidence they support brutal police tactics that lead to death and state sanctioned murder? Especially when they just happen to disproportionately affect black people?
  • They don’t care about the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians that have died because of their warmongering – Researchers from universities from the United States, Canada and Baghdad (while working with the Iraq Ministry of Health) have found that over half a million people have died from war-related causes in Iraq since the US-led invasion in 2003, whether they be indirect deaths or on-the-battlefield deaths. Nothing screams “All Lives Matter” like helping to kill 500,000 people based on intentionally faulty “evidence.” But to them it doesn’t matter. One, they aren’t Americans. Two, they’re most likely Muslim, so they don’t count. And third, to them, it’s just collateral damage in War on Terror.

In fact, Ben Carson, who famously said All Lives Matter, wants to use drone strikes on the boarder to stop immigration. Nothing like bombing families to keep them out of America! ‘Cause after all, All Lives Matter to these people!

  • They don’t care about the thousands of people who have died (or would die) due to lack of health insurance – The American Journal of Public Health conducted a study through Harvard Medical School found that due to lack of health insurance, over 45,000 people die annually and those without it are 40% more likely to die than those with it.The study shows that “The uninsured have a higher risk of death when compared to the privately insured, even after taking into account socioeconomics, health behaviors, and baseline health.” Considering Obamacare has helped over 16 million get health insurance, effectively bringing the uninsured rate to 10%, what do the Republicans want to do? Repeal it. And what happens when you repeal it? Sixteen million Americans, (man who are low-income) will lose their premiums and ultimately their insurance.I guess the 45,000 lives lost due to lack of insurance doesn’t count in the “All Lives Matter” bracket. Why should Republicans care about low-income citizens dying due to preventable or easily treated illnesses?

So, given these three very extreme examples (among many more), is it really fitting that Republicans should be using “All Lives Matter?” Of course not. They only do so to alienate black people and pander to their white voter base. Republicans think that because they’re against abortion, they all have the moral high ground on the “…Lives Matter” cause.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Featured image via Peter Burka