M.I.A. Claims Artists Never Say "Muslim Lives Matter," Black Lives Matter Activists Respond

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In a not entirely surprising turn of events, outspoken artist M.I.A. told London’s Evening Standard, “It’s interesting that in America the problem you’re allowed to talk about is Black Lives Matter. It’s not a new thing to me — it’s what Lauryn Hill was saying in the 1990s, or Public Enemy in the 1980s. Is Beyoncé or Kendrick Lamar going to say Muslim Lives Matter? Or Syrian Lives Matter? Or this kid in Pakistan matters? That’s a more interesting question.”

She continued,”You can’t ask it on a song that’s on Apple, you cannot ask it on an American TV programme, you cannot create that tag on Twitter, Michelle Obama is not going to hump you back.” So is M.I.A. joining the ranks of “All Lives Matter”? M.I.A. clarified her statements in a series of Tweets:

DeRay Mckesson and Johnetta Elzie, two activists who are prominently associated with the Black Lives Matter movement, have responded to M.I.A.'s comments: