Proud of Pennsylvania town’s protest response
To the editor:
I am a native of eastern Pennsylvania. I was born, raised and educated in that area. We are proud of our law enforcing agencies, our first responders, the men and women who served in the military defending the Constitution, mainly the First and Second amendments. My story deals with peaceable dealings; harsh dealings are in the offing should peaceable warnings fall on deaf ears.
A couple of weeks ago a group of Black Lives Matter protesters descended upon Palmerton. This quiet, peaceful town has a population of approximately 5,500 people. It is a tight knit community with a significant Slavic and Portuguese population.
The people of Palmerton came out to protect their town. Local businesses closed early. Men and women formed human chains around the large veterans memorial and a statue outside of the police station. Early in the day signs appeared throughout the town “All Lives Matter” and “We Support the Blue.” As the day unfolded hundreds of citizens congregated in the local park and flooded the town’s main street, many waving flags. Local and state police had a significant presence. Many people shook their hands, thanking them for their service. The support was amazing.
A male BLM protester, unable to access the veterans memorial, knelt down in front of a granite memorial dedicated to those who served in Vietnam and lifted his fist into the air as a sign of disrespect. A news reporter rushed over to get his input, but Palmerton citizens draped a flag between them, successfully blocking the interview. Later a BLM member was asked why the memorial was disrespected, as it represented those brave men and women of all nationalities who fought to preserve freedom. The response was “It’s his right.”
A Palmerton citizen shared a statistic with a BLM protester, noting that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that Black women make up 14% of the childbearing population, yet had 36% of all abortions. It is the number one killer of Black lives in the U.S. He asked the protester “Do those Black lives matter?” There was no response.
One final thought: What makes no sense is, how can the misdeeds of a few police officers stain all who serve? That type of profiling sounds very racist indeed. Kudos to Palmertonians who set an example for the country.
Charles E. Diebert