Someone asked me what the phrase "Black Matter Lives" meant, and I said: To me, it is the difference between asserting that "I cannot be killed," versus pleading for an enemy to "please stop killing me." It suggests and perpetuates empowerment instead of a victim mentality.
"BLACK MATTER" is our skin. Our hair. Our nails. MELANIN. We are physically composed of the same materials that make up the stars and the sky. It is not only another way of saying that BLACK Lives Matter, but also that BLACK is powerful, and that BLACK is beautiful."