In his spoken word piece, 20 Years, Christian artist Propaganda movingly paints a picture of a wife (who represents the African American community) in an abusive relationship with her husband (who represents the United States of America). Prop’s piece helpfully highlights the problematic nature of eagerly affirming “All Lives Matter” as a response to the truth that “Black Lives Matter.”
You ask if it was so bad, why didn’t she leave?
As a matter of fact, why is she always playing the victim?
Why is everything about her?
Don’t other wives get hit too?
Don’t all wives matter?
Of course, it’s true that “all wives matter.” But to say, in response to a victim of domestic abuse like the one in Prop’s piece, that “all wives matter,” is to engage in particularly wicked Whataboutism. So also, when someone cries out, laments, or shouts, “Black Lives Matter,” a most unhelpful response is, “All Lives Matter.” Certainly, the saying is true, all lives do matter. But that is part of the point of saying that black lives matter.