They’re three words in the simplest of sentences; an adjective, a noun as a subject and a verb. They were supposed to make people aware of the sanctity of all life, particularly African-Americans. They were introduced because blacks were the ones mostly being killed by police and the words Black Lives Matter were intended to be a reminder to law enforcement of their pledge to protect all citizens. Yet over the course of just a few years, the words have managed to alienate many and effectively become something of a battle cry rallying the nation’s police forces against the movement, in expectations of violent insurrection. It wasn’t supposed to be like this.