A Harvard graduate was recently fired after her analogical joke got on the wrong side of the "All Lives Matter" gang. I thought we all learned the lesson that we should be careful with what we say on the internet? But it seems as though we haven't.
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Let's get all the background information clear before you see the clip.
via: Getty ImagesWe need to understand why "All Lives Matter" is a problematic statement, so I'm here to break it down for you.
"What is the Black Lives Matter movement?"
via: Getty ImagesSimply put, the movement was created in 2013 after George Zimmerman was acquitted of murdering Trayvon Martin, a seventeen-year-old schoolboy who was walking home with a bag of Skittles after visiting his father's fiancée.
An altercation ensued even though Zimmerman was told not to get involved by a superior.
via: Getty ImagesAnd when the police arrived on the scene, Martin was dead with bullet wounds and Zimmerman claimed he acted in self-defense. After a lengthy trial that gripped the nation, the off-duty "captain of the neighborhood patrol" was released without any charges.
That's when the Black Lives Matter hashtag started trending.
via: Getty ImagesThis was because Trayvon Martin's life was brutally ended over a stereotype that black boys in hoodies are deemed as a "threat." Zimmerman's only claim to stopping the young man was because he "looked suspicious."
But why? What made him suspicious?
via: Getty ImagesIf it was the hoodie, why don't other people in hoodies get stopped as often as black boys and men? At the time, you would think it was just one isolated incident, but over the next seven years, up until this day, the same situation continued to take place but just with a different black person each time.
Say their names.
According to The Washington Post, black people are being killed twice as much as white people.
via: Getty ImagesAnd this is even despite the fact that they only make up thirteen percent of the population. Are you understanding that fact alone is a problem? Or is it still just a coincidence to you that all these young black folk are now dead?
Just because you're not racist, doesn't mean others aren't.
via: Getty ImagesAnd with the oppression of black people being systematic, which means it's rooted within the foundations of our society, racism has become a second pandemic. Right, let's move on.
"Why is 'All Lives Matter' a racist statement?"
via: Getty ImagesI know for some of you, you don't mean harm when you say "All Lives Matter" right? Because the statement standing alone and out of context is true. All lives do in fact, matter. But here's where we need to look at the political history behind the phrase.
For those of you that aren't aware, this phrase was coined by racists to oppose BLM, that's why it's offensive.
via: Getty ImagesA whole group of racists saw Black Lives Matter and decided to shout this phrase at those fighting for equality in order to stand against them. So while we all understand that all lives matter, using the phrase to take a stand against BLM is counter-productive as is actually racist.
You're not racist because you used the phrase out of context.
via: Getty ImagesBut now, in very simplified terms, you've learned where it comes from and the next time you shout "All Lives Matter", think about where it comes from and shout "I love everyone" instead. That way, we all win.
But it's time to get educated.
via: Getty ImagesDon't use the phrase now that you know what it stands for.
One woman decided she wanted to get this message across...
via: Tik TokBut in a method that has been described as "threatening."
Claira Janover, a recent Harvard graduate, has recently been thrust into the spotlight.
via: Tik TokJanover graduated back in May with a degree in government and psychology but rather than being known for her achievements, she is now known for a Tik Tok video she posted in which she claimed that "the next person that says 'All Lives Matter' in front of [her] will get stabbed."
But she has responded to it saying it was an "analogical joke.""Imma stab you," she says "And while you’re struggling and bleeding out, Imma show you my paper cut and say: 'My cut matters too.'" From this, we can clearly see she was using an extreme situation to make a point, but we all know what the internet is like.
This was the perfect ammunition for the "All Lives Matter" gang.
claria janover didnt do anything wrong. she made a hyperbole analogy about how alm-->blm is justvluke saying after… https://t.co/WjbEMeO0GV— 🌶BLM • katelynn⁷🌶✝️ (@🌶BLM • katelynn⁷🌶✝️)1593665811.0
According to her, people threatened to kill, fire, and rape her for the comments.
Despite the death, rape, expulsion, and firing threats I got today...I am so grateful for everyone who has stood by… https://t.co/OH59iaV3AJ— Claira Janover (@Claira Janover)1593575713.0
In the video, Janover says:
via: Tik Tok"Trump supporters took my job away from me. I have gotten death threats, rape threats, violent threats. It was okay, but now my future's entirely compromised because Trump supporters have decided to come for my life."
via: Twitter"It sucks but it doesn't suck more than systemic racism And I’m not going to stop using my platform to advocate for it." Addressing her former employers, Janover also added: "I'm sorry, Deloitte, that you can’t see that. That you were cowardice [sic] enough to fight somebody who’s going to make an indelible change in the world and is going to have an impact."
But people have had mixed views over this...
@toastybroccolii Then she should have made the analogy from a 3rd person perspective. At worst what she said was da… https://t.co/FM5fDjQ8FG— The Dark Doctor (@The Dark Doctor)1593667799.0
And then we have people like this...
@clurajan There are always signs that are often ignored before terrorists carry out their threats of violence.… https://t.co/TQFsGLlSZS— SilverThread IsStrongerThanYouThink (@SilverThread IsStrongerThanYouThink)1593577025.0
I think this user articulated it well...
@clurajan Let’s be candid. It was not a “joke.” Satire? Yes. Was it threatening? No. Indeed, it was a sophomoric an… https://t.co/moVBux7oHj— WaspyJew (@WaspyJew)1593609644.0
Others jumped in to leave her some support...People who didn't watch the video through until the end had a problem with it the most.
So make sure you watch it right until the end...
@clurajan We support Claira— rainekeating (@rainekeating)1593578148.0