Whether people would like to admit it or not, we are in the middle of a revolution where people of all backgrounds are coming together to call out and dismantle white supremacy. Ashton Kutcher has used his influence over his millions of fans to educate them on why the phrase ‘All Lives Matter’ should not be a response.
Black Lives Matter and its movement have been around for many years to combat police brutality and systematic racism. From the very start, Black Lives Matter has been adamant about the fact that the phrasing is meant to bring attention to the obvious racial injustice that black people have been facing for nearly 400 years and it has nothing to do with saying any other lives don’t matter.
Yet, the response, for some, is insisting on saying that ‘All’ lives matter.
Instead of getting frustrated with the backlash he receives for supporting the cause, Ashton has taken the time to educate those who refuse to acknowledge that in many cases, the black community is treated as if they don’t matter.
He took to Instagram to talk about the issue.
‘I don’t think the people that are posting All Lives Matter should be canceled. I think they should be educated. We all agree All Lives Matter, but I had a really poignant experience tonight when I was putting my kids down to bed that lent the words for why Black Lives Matter.’
He went on to tell an anecdote about his children with wife Mila Kunis.
‘Usually Mila and I put our kids to bed, we read them a book and our daughter always gets to go first. Tonight as we were reading her book, my son says, ‘Wait, why don’t I get to go first?’ Mila said, ‘Because girls go first.’ He said, ‘Yeah, but boys can go first.’ And I looked at him and I said, ‘No, girls go first.’ And I said, ‘You know why girls go first? For you and me, girls go first, and the reason why is for some boys, girls don’t get to go at all. And so for you and me, girls go first.’
Kutcher, who was near tears, continued to say: ‘So when it comes to Black Lives Matter, I think what folks that are writing All Lives Matter need to understand is that for some people black lives don’t matter at all, so for us, Black Lives Matter. So while you may have the best intentions in saying All Lives Matter, remember for some people black lives don’t matter at all.’
Hopefully, Ashton’s simple gesture got through to some people who don’t get the message yet.