To The Daily Sun,
Regarding a letter in your paper of March 11, page 7, "... Black lives matter" by Steve Earle: I could shed some color to the very black-and-white image Mr. Earle chooses to paint. If it is not safe for me to send my 15-year-old son to the market because the police may find reason to shoot, strangle or bounce to death in a van his young, unarmed self; don't even talk to me about the victim's anger.
Black lives matter is a fairly benign reaction to a documented pattern of "open season on young unarmed blacks" by police. Ironically, you mention the Panther Party which originated for precisely the same reason, to defend against mistreatment of the black community by the Oakland police. Same stuff ... different millennium?
For those comfortably situated in white rural America, safe from the worries of having to share your world with an oppressed class of multicolored people ... make whatever judgments, hate spewings, you need to salve your conscience, but understand oppressed people will scream "ouch" sometimes.
Only a very bigoted mind could transform a movement waiving a white flag saying "hey....we matter" when our children are being recklessly killed, into a ravenous, hate spewing, bunch of hooligans who have no point? This coming from a white man living in a state where if you wanted to find some "negroes" you'd have to dig for them?
All lives matter. It is just in America, we people of color must remind our pale brethren that we, too, are included in "all."
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