Ladies (and gentlemen, no judgment here), meet your new celebrity crush: Matt McGorry. Of course, you know him as Officer Bennett on Orange Is the New Black and Asher Millstone on How to Get Away with Murder, but you’ll probably want to get to know the real Matt McGorry after you check out his Twitter feed. McGorry is an outspoken feminist (as you should be…it’s equal rights, people), but now he’s drawing attention to another important issue: the Black Lives Matter movement.
McGorry took to his Twitter and Instagram to share a long message about the drawbacks of advocating “All Lives Matter” as opposed to “Black Lives Matter.” He compared people saying #AllLivesMatter to someone going to an AIDS walk and claiming, “All diseases matter.” These kinds of people, McGorry writes, are “(un)consciously undermining the purpose of the movement because THIS particular movement is about SPECIFIC issues, as any decently effective movement is.”
McGorry explained that we can’t make the world better in one all-encompassing protest, so we need specific movements dedicated to different injustices and problems.
So someone getting up in arms bc of #BlackLivesMatter while they sit on the sidelines and do nothing for black lives or anyone’s other than their own is not actually promoting that “All Lives Matter (equally)” as much as they’re trying to take down the idea that #BlackLivesMatter and denying its necessity and value. Whether it’s conscious or unconscious, you’re contributing to societies racial issues if you’re responding with #AllLivesMatter. #BlackLivesMatter doesn’t mean other lives don’t.”
He concluded by admitting that he does not know a lot about #BlackLivesMatter, but he does know that the movement “is necessary because we don’t live in a society that systematically treats white people terribly bc they’re white. And that’s why we need #BlackLivesMatter.”
If you’d like to find out more about Black Lives Matter, take a look at their website.
What do you think of McGorry’s statements? Is this an issue that you are also passionate about?