When Not All Lives Matter

#BlackLivesMatter and its crashers.

Mattias Lehman

Many well-meaning people, when confronted with ideas like feminism or “Black Lives Matter” will respond as though offended.

“Shouldn’t we,” they will say, a slight smirk on their lips, “instead of calling it feminism, call it humanism? After all, all people face issues in their life, and we shouldn’t ignore that.”

The sentiment is very easily articulable, and seems so simple that in has to be correct, right? And yet it couldn’t be more wrong. Let us take a step into Linguistics to understand just what these statements mean, and why they’re wrong.

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