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Janet Bullock: More on ‘Black Lives Matter’

Thanks to the writer who criticized the Unitarian Universalist Church’s sign, “Black Lives Matter.” Thanks for your civility and for raising legitimate concerns. Other responses to the sign have not been so civil.

We put up the sign as a gesture of solidarity with black Americans who have become alarmed by increasing signs of significant bias against them; at a time when many had begun to hope that such discrimination was in the past.

My perspective: Life is not easy. It is really hard to be a human being … for everyone. It just is even harder if you are black as well. The 246 years of horrific slavery, then the Civil War, followed by 100 years of Jim Crow terrorism have left terrible wounds in our culture that are yet to be healed.

The letter writer said he would support a sign that says “all lives matter.”

Our church is having a vigorous discussion about all of this. We agree that all lives matter. Is it possible to show special support to our black brothers and sisters during this difficult time, without it being interpreted as a message that others aren’t equally valuable? Can we do both? That’s what we’re talking about.

Janet Bullock

Grass Valley

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