To the editor:

Thanks to all who have supported the Black Lives Matter mural. I have considered what to say in response to the conflict it has caused, but I don’t think I can offer anything more powerful than these words by the late politician and civil rights leader John Lewis. I submit them (excerpted) for your consideration-

“Around the country and the world you set aside race, class, age, language and nationality to demand respect for human dignity.

“That is why I had to visit Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington...I just had to see and feel it for myself that, after many years of silent witness, the truth is still marching on.

“Emmett Till was my George Floyd... my Rayshard Brooks, Sandra Bland and Breonna Taylor. He was 14 when he was killed, and I was only 15 years old at the time…

“Though I was surrounded by two loving parents...their love could not protect me from the unholy oppression waiting just outside that family circle. Unchecked, unrestrained violence and government-sanctioned terror had the power to turn a simple stroll to the store for some Skittles or an innocent morning jog ... into a nightmare.

“If we are to survive as one unified nation, we must discover what so readily takes root in our hearts that could rob Mother Emanuel Church in South Carolina of her brightest and best, shoot unwitting concertgoers in Las Vegas and choke to death the hopes and dreams of a gifted violinist like Elijah McClain.”

— Rafael Salas

627 Lincoln St.

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