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It’s not difficult to see what BLM really believes

To the editor:

This letter is in response to Diane Logan’s letter that appeared in The Sentinel on Saturday, July 25. In it, Ms. Logan claims to be perplexed about Black Lives Matter, what it is and what it stands for.

In her letter, Ms. Logan states that peaceful BLM activists are “roaming and destroying even small businesses owned by people of their own race.” This statement could not be further from the truth. Every weekend since George Floyd was murdered, has seen hundreds, if not thousands, of peaceful BLM protests in towns and cities across the U.S. without incidence of looting, burning, roaming or destroying. This is not to say that there hasn’t been looting but it’s certainly not typical of most BLM protests.

The central tenet of Ms. Logan’s letter seems to be to draw the conclusion that the BLM movement is a Communist plot to destroy America and warns us to “Beware the real haters of our republic.” Once again, Ms. Logan is wrong. According to Wikipedia, BLM is a “decentralized movement … advocating for non-violent civil disobedience in protest against incidents of police brutality and all racially motivated violence against African-American people.”

Ms. Logan falsely makes the judgment that since two of the movement’s founders claimed to be Marxist, the movement itself is a Communist plot. BLM is not managed by its founders or any individual or small group of people. BLM is a grass-roots movement of caring people in reaction to the numerous incidences of police and private citizen murders and brutalization of black people. In doing so she seems to be denying that the brutalization and murder of unarmed black men happens far too frequently in our society and indicates that she really doesn’t want that to change. I could literally name dozens of unarmed black men and women that have been shot, beaten or choked to death by racially motivated police and private citizens but I will not do that here.

If Ms. Logan is still perplexed about BLM and what it stands for, I encourage her to go to www.blacklivesmatter.com/what-we-believe/. Those that would like to learn more about prejudice in America please take the time to watch the documentary “13” on Netflix, or read “How To Be An Antiracist” by Ibram Kendi.

Harry M. Geedey

Lewistown

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