Rapper Tony Tillman Has A Message For Anyone Who Says "All Lives Matter"
Anyone who has spoken out against police brutality has run into the same brick wall: explaining why the phrase Black Lives Matter is necessary, while All Lives Matter is harmful.
Tennessee rapper Tony Tillman has grown frustrated with the conversations, so he’s turning the phrase against its users. On his new song “All Lives Matter,” the talented MC passionately decries systemic racism, recounts his own experiences with racial discrimination from police, and plainly explains the point of Black Lives Matter: “Why get offended when I say Black Lives Matter / I know All Lives Matter / I’m just saying mine too.”
Tillman also released a statement to accompany the song:
“I thought it was ironic that people would say ‘All Lives Matter’ as a pushback to us saying ‘Black Lives Matter,’ but seemed to ignore the fact that black lives were being treated as if they didn’t matter. When people would say ‘All Lives Matter,’ it was as if they thought they were telling us something we didn’t agree with when, in fact, the reason we say ‘Black Lives Matter’ is because we value all lives, and we want the world to value our lives as much as others.”
“All Lives Matter” follows Tillman’s other song “Sell Out,” which he released in August. Listen to the song below.