Don’t dilute message of Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter is a movement in and of itself and must not be diluted or generalized. 

To the editor:

In regard to Susan B. Winston‘s letter to the editor, from my perspective, the media and political focus on the destruction in the background of the current Black Lives Matter protests is the voice of white supremacist manipulation and is emboldening racists. Law enforcement needs to stop the violence as they would under any circumstances, while peaceful protesters need to be recognized, protected, and their voices heard. The statement ”Yes, Black Lives Matter, but remember all lives matter” is so highly offensive in the context of centuries of white brutality against Blacks, and indicative of the unwillingness of many white folks to grasp the reality of the systematic oppression, suppression and blood-letting of African Americans in these United States from the beginning. Black Lives Matter is a movement in and of itself and must not be diluted or generalized.

Deborah Salem

Great Barrington