The #BlackLivesMatter movement started in 2012 as a result of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin's death. Since then, the movement has worked tirelessly to expose police brutality, racial profiling, and racial inequality experienced by African Americans.
#BlackLivesMatter has some vocal opponents, however. Folks in the #AllLivesMatter movement have criticized the aforementioned group for directing their attention to injustices done to only African Americans. But many believe that the #AllLivesMatter movement is rooted in racism. For example, U.S. representative Keith Ellison said that “When you say ‘all lives matter’ you are ignoring centuries of institutionalized American racism." And this past November, individuals beat up a Black Lives Matter protester in Alabama during a Donald Trump rally. In this video, you can hear one of the Trump supporters scream "all lives matter.”
Recently, Facebook employees in Menlo Park, California showed their support for the latter movement by doing something that pissed off their boss, Mark Zuckerberg. Zuckerberg posted a memo on the company's private Facebook page where he revealed that some unnamed employees have been scratching out “black lives matter” on the company's renowned wall and writing “all lives matter" instead.
“We expect everybody to treat each other with respect,” wrote Zuckerberg. "Regardless of the content or location, crossing out something means silencing speech, or that one person's speech is more important than another's." Let this be a lesson, employees: if there's one thing you should have learned from Facebook, it's that when you disagree with someone's politics, you should just leave an inflammatory comment on their online Facebook wall.