Do Black Lives Matter or do All Lives Matter? That question has been the cause of many debates and conversations across America recently. The All Lives Matter response is an appealingly simplistic but ultimately misguided response, created to criticize the Black Lives Matter Movement, operating under the assumption that the movement isn’t needed in America because it is a post racial society. All Americans can now drink from the same water fountains, go to the same schools, and eat at the same restaurants. Some black people live in abject poverty, but so do some white people. Police may shoot black people, but they also shoot white people, so surely society has reached equality? In response to this widespread viewpoint, it is clear that people are unable to see the necessity of the BLM movement since they are not aware of the extent of systemic racism in American society. This assertion is made when black men are shot by white cops who go unpunished: George Zimmerman was not even arrested for a month after murdering Trayvon Martin; Darren Wilson wasn’t even tried for shooting Mike Brown. It is made when black people are disproportionately incarcerated compared to white people. It is made when the residual effects of centuries of institutionalized racism limit opportunities for people of colour.