To the Editor:
We are not disposable! I somehow believed that the world had changed since 1968. I thought there was more love than hatred in our hearts.
If one can watch police kill black and brown people with impunity and feel no rage, then you are a part of the problem. When the words "Black Lives Matter" means hatred to you rather than love for each other, something is twisted. Some people I've come to love are among those who believe this.
Yes, right here in serene, beautiful, loving Bluffton, there is division. Outwardly, things appear united - after all, we had a peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstration.
Yet, there is much division. Relationships are torn apart because one side believes the other is on the wrong side of politics or race. One member says "Black Lives Matter" and another says "All Lives Matter." Both are correct; however, the former is currently endangered, which is the point of the matter.
Here's a thought: Rather than continue to follow what you believe, ask me, ask another black or brown friend if you have one, to educate you, because there is much you do not understand.
Another thought: Perhaps, if the demographics of lives lost were more equally balanced, would one feel better about something as simple as wearing a mask? Furthermore, would one still believe that Black Lives Matter is a left wing conspiracy plotting to overthrow what you think is sacred?
My heart hurts for Bluffton, for South Carolina, and for the "United" States. Let's talk about it. Thank you for listening!
Joanne D. Taylor