BLACK LIVES MATTER
In response to Reverend Van Leer’s Letter to the Editor on 5/30/06. Reverend Van Leer describes two incidents of theft of the Black Lives Matter sign hanging in front of the church and interprets this as evidence of racism “alive and well in Woodinville.” Could the Reverend possibly be overreaching here? Two petty thefts in a city of more than ten thousand people doesn’t constitute an undercurrent of racism any more than it adds up to a crime wave. In fact, I fail to see the racism here. If the Reverend told me that black lives matter I would agree. If I responded by adding “all lives matter” would that make me a racist? Reverend Van Leer misinterprets this as somehow diminishing the value of black lives when in fact it’s no more than a statement of equality. No life is worth more or less than any other life, period!