I’m sorry, I respectfully think Catholics should take issue with pushing the phrase “black lives matter.”
Please allow me to explain. I am aware this will be unpopular.
First, it is axiomatic that many people really don’t like the response “all lives matter.” That is, in fact, the actual thrust of this thread. The purpose of this thread seems to be, “Don’t say ‘all lives matter.’ Say ‘black lives matter!’”
The problem is that “black lives matter” is not just a saying. It is an organization. Its own website calls itself a “global organization.” That organization has a whole series of core beliefs that are detailed on that website. What do those core beliefs include?
–“We foster a queer-affirming network…”
–“We disrupt…the nuclear family structure…”
Just as to those 2 items: Are those consistent with Catholic teachings? No, they are not.
The organization has also supported all sort of other things: Abortion rights; illegal immigration (their site boasts that they want to affirm the “humanity of undocumented folks”) and, historically, reparations for slavery:
In a newspaper today, I saw the headline “Black Lives Matter group holds rally to defund police.”
When there is a push to make people say, “black lives matter,” there is an implied push to make people support the organization and its planks, even if not deliberate (and I think it often is deliberate) - but that organization’s planks, and actions, are either 1) things faithful Catholics are supposed to oppose (dismantling the family; support for abortion) or 2) things many, many faithful Catholics permissibly oppose, even if not required to (i.e. illegal immigration; reparations for slavery; defunding police).
So, with due respect, I do not support use of the phrase “black lives matter.”