Founders Of #BlackLivesMatter To Muslims & Latinos ➠ Stop Stealing Our Hasghtag!
CAIR was one of the groups pushing #MuslimLivesMatter, will they accuse them of being “Islamophobes?”
Via The Root:
The founders of #BlackLivesMatter are grateful that their message has been picked up by so many people as a rallying cry, but they want other groups that use the essence of the name, such as #MuslimLivesMatter and #LatinoLivesMatter, to find their own slogans.
At a South by Southwest panel discussion, “What #BlackLivesMatter Teaches Us About Solidarity,” Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi said they were concerned about the dilution of their message.
“Not to say their lives don’t matter,” Tometi told the audience, “but we’ve been in a society that continues to marginalize black faces, and so we don’t want to see this kind of reappropriation and co-optation of #BlackLivesMatter as a hashtag.”
Instead, they urged other marginalized groups to create something new and unique that #BlackLivesMatter would, in turn, support.
Tometi, the executive director of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration, and Garza, the special-projects director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (along with Patrisse Cullors, who was not at SXSW), created the national organization #BlackLivesMatter in 2012 after the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Florida by George Zimmerman.