If the sheer number of cases, studies, and high-definition extrajudicial killings can’t sway some to believe that “All Lives Matter” is too FOS to accept even a drop of social justice, let’s look at a source many of you rely on every day: Google.
I used Google Trends to track online mentions of the phrases “Black Lives Matter” and “All Lives Matter” in 2014. BLM is the red curve and ALM is blue:
No, take a REALLY CLOSE look:
The chart shows that All Lives Matter wasn’t even as much as a prototypical sperm in the digital ether — until Black Lives Matter began to trend.
An even harder look will show that the relatively small bump in ALM mentions happens only after an uptick in BLM talk.
Take a look at the past few months of this year:
See? All Lives Matter has no intention of ever becoming a thing — it requires Black Lives Matter to play the role of reanimator.
I’m doing this quick and dirty post from my mobile device — without access to the raw data and my desktop computer. Otherwise, I’m sure the ALM-FOS premise could be proven again through more formal causation and correlation analyses.
With that distraction out the way, let’s focus on some real issues …