When you think of that, of the psychological manifestations and transformations that took place just because of the passing of time, it’s not that difficult to understand why someone sees the phrase BLACK LIVES MATTER and crosses it out with ALL LIVES. Our nation’s very fabric is threaded with these knots — knots that are fraught with tensions; tensions that feed into our interactions and language. #BlackLivesMatter is about saying out loud what usually has to go unspoken. Look what happens when we affirm our humanity. It’s crossed out, it is suppressed. It is called oppressive. Just let that sit for a moment. It is considered oppressive if I, a black person, say or do anything that acknowledges my blackness.