The question shouldn't be, "do Black Lives Matter or do All Lives Matter". We already know the answer. Whether you're a Black boy walking to get Skittles, a Black man walking or standing in your neighborhood or a Black girl sitting in the classroom, there is example after example - often not based on hearsay or rumor, but video evidence - that Black Lives, in fact, do not matter. So we say Black Lives Matter like we say the N-word to one another as a term of endearment. We say Black Lives Matter like we may laugh to keep from crying because there's so much going on, people killin', people dyin'. We say Black Lives Matter because All Lives Matter is about as true to us now as "All Men Are Created Equal" or "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness" was for Black folks (or women) in 1776. We speak the truth we want to see in the world. We speak the change we want to be in the world. We speak to help put the future into existence. Kendrick Lamar's taping for Austin City Limits last night was the most important live music show I've ever been to, and the best. I've seen maybe 50 of these tapings over the years and another 600 to 800 shows here in Austin and around the country. I've seen Kanye West a dozen times. I've seen Local Natives 18 times. Yes, 18. I've seen Radiohead, Jay-Z, Sade, Beyonce, Paul McCartney, Eminem, Public Enemy, Jill Scott, Wilco several times, The Black Keys, etc. But no show I've ever been to was as powerful as Kendrick's last night. The main reason: he told us, and we told us, that we goin' be Alright. Yes, we goin' be Alright. Do you hear me, do you feel me? We goin' be Alright. Maybe there will always be racism in America. That filthy residue that is left behind after hundreds of years of slavery, decades of Jim Crow and segregation, and still more years of discrimination and disrespect. But the world, our world, is beginning to change ever so slightly. Complexion don't mean a thing, at least it won't at some point in the future I hope to someday see. Last night, I felt the future. I felt what the world may feel like when Black Lives Matter. I'd love to feel that more often. I'll keep saying it and others will as well until that future becomes our present. For those of you whom weren't there last night, do you want to know what it felt like to be in that room? Rapping along with Kendrick Lamar and shouting "we goin' be Alright" at the top of our lungs and then low like a slave hymnal and then at the top of our lungs...? It almost felt like All Lives Matter. Almost.