Pattie Mallette, the woman responsible for bringing Justin Bieber into the world, experienced a lot of hate over the weekend. And no, none of it had to do with the antics of her son. In a supportive tweet, something she does frequently, Mallette used the #AllLivesMatter hashtag instead of #BlackLivesMatter.
Almost immediately, people went in on her, calling her every name in the book and basically calling her ignorant and hateful. To her credit, Mallette saw the reaction, understood what the #AllLivesMatter represented to the black community and tweeted an apology. To one particular fan, she tweeted, “I had NO IDEA what I said was being used along with some negative I apologize I meant mine with love. Please forgive me.”
— Pattie Mallette (@pattiemallette) July 8, 2016
Then to everyone, she said, “No insensitivity intended. Had no idea of an ‘original hashtag’ of course #BlackLivesMatter!! #GodHelpUsAll”
Some users did take the time to educate Mallette on why using the #AllLivesMatter hashtag is offensive and sweeps the actual problem under the rug — that our black citizens are being shot to death over routine traffic stops and no one is being held accountable for it. And she should be educated on that.
But people have to remember that you don’t know what you don’t know. Mallette constantly reinforced her point that what she was saying was intended with love and care, and you can see that all over her Twitter profile. She’s constantly reminding people to love and accept each other and themselves. She deserves some credit for that and for us to not immediately assume the worst about her.
Because really, that’s what we’re trying to teach everyone at this point. Don’t assume the worst about anyone. Have compassion for them, be patient with them and expect more from them after they’ve been taught better. But don’t immediately call people horrific names when they had no idea what they were saying.