As debates about policy and police brutality continue in the aftermath of the officer-involved deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando and the deaths of five officers in Dallas, numerous hashtags have surfaced.
One that is usually present in conversations about police brutality is #BlackLivesMatter. The hashtag shares its name with the organization and movement that aims to call for action in response to police brutality.
In response to #BlackLivesMatter, others began the hashtag #AllLivesMatter.
Supporters of Black Lives Matter argue #AllLivesMatter is only a response to dismiss the effort to bring attention to what they believe is the unequal and unfair treatment of black people by police and systemic racism.
In turn, the hashtag #AllLivesDidntMatter reinforces why the Black Lives Matter hashtag and movement are needed. Users tweeted responses that targeted issues surrounding immigration, systemic racism and cases in U.S. history in which people of color were oppressed or marginalized.
Some tweets are below:
The hashtag led to a Twitter Moments feature, but some criticized the hashtag as being unproductive.
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