That being said, it’s still worth noting the extent to which people are in solidarity against the American dentist who killed Cecil the Lion. There are few, if any, people jumping in to support hunting for sport, or to make excuses for Walter Palmer. The Internet is ablaze with the injustice of Palmer’s actions.
There is no such total solidarity when it comes to minority rights. The conversation over racially-motivated police brutality is always fraught with controversy and apologism.
She shouldn’t have resisted. He shouldn’t have stolen the cigarettes. She shouldn’t have looked so threatening. The officer was afraid.
As if any of that justifies execution.
We can’t even say #BlackLivesMatter without someone chiming in to remind us that all lives matter, thank you very much. As if talking about Black lives—the lives that are most actively in peril—in any way suggests that other lives matter less or not at all.
Enter #AllLionsMatter, a satirical take on the common excuses leveled against arguments in favor of Black victims. Twitter users are simply replacing “Black person” with “lion,” and the utter absurdity of those frequent counter-arguments becomes abundantly clear (if they weren't already).
I'm sick of lions talking about what happens to them, what about tigers, Cougars, and Jaguars? #AllCatsMatter— X (@XLNB) July 29, 2015
What was his pride like? Did he grow up in a rougher side of the savannah? Did he hang around Scar? #AllLionsMatter— peach sprite (@mir_ross) July 30, 2015
#CecilTheLion was no angel.— X (@XLNB) July 29, 2015
I'm tired of lions complaining about hunter brutality. Maybe if you took care of your pride this wouldn't be a problem. #HuntersLivesMatter— X (@XLNB) July 29, 2015