As People Mourn 9/11 Victims, #AllBuildingsMatter Trend Divides Twitter

This year’s commemoration of the tragic events of 2001 in the US overlapped with ongoing anti-racism and anti-police-brutality protests, which have at times resulted in casualties and destruction of buildings and other property.

The commemoration for lives lost in the attacks on New York City’s twin towers of the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon, on 11 September 2001, are shadowed by a controversial hashtag making waves and spreading across the American section of Twitter – #AllBuildingsMatter.

The tag is a mockery of the All Lives Matter motto, which emerged in light of riots in the US this summer, and was first brought up by comedian Michael Che in 2016. Che used it as a response to calls to “never forget” the 9/11 terror attacks, amid the lack of attention to continuing and systemic racism in the US, as a result of longterm enslavement and segregation.

“That’s why this September, I’m getting a T-shirt that says, ‘All buildings matter.’ We’ll see how that works”, Che said in 2016, proposing the act as a response to the lack of public attention toward racism in the nation.

While it is unclear if Che fulfilled his promise, four years later his motto is trending slightly below the “never forget” devoted to the victims of 9/11 attacks (rather than the buildings, as the hashtag would suggest). This fact divided twitterians, many of whom declared the hashtag to be an insipid joke promoted by BLM protesters, and so a desecration of the memory of those who died in the tragedy.