We have all heard it at one point. We have all probably said it at one point. However, someone who has to clarify that they “love all people” is likely to have said or done something that proves the contrary. It may be intentional or unintentional, but either way, our actions make it clear whether or not we actually do love and embrace people of all walks of life. So, until your actions reflect that, stop making such an empty declaration.
When I envision someone on the internet saying, “I love all people” it is generally followed in my mind by the token maxim, #AllLivesMatter. The disingenuous sentiment — rather than offering love and support for all people like it projects to do — only successfully isolates a group or groups of people whose struggle is subsequently invalidated. What saying, “I love all people” here means to me is that you love all people … but only as long as they ignore systemic injustice around our country and in many regions of the world.