Letter Demonstrated Egregious Lack of Knowledge on Black Lives Matter

As a reader of The Examiner and a resident of Pleasantville for 26 years, I feel compelled to respond to the letter to the editor “Black Lives Matter Practices Violence, Revenge, Not Racial Harmony” in the Aug. 18-24 issue.

I take offense to its overall sentiment, and specifically wish to comment on particular statements which I find most egregious. First, the image of the black fist raised is not one of “threatening violence.” This is a fist raised symbolizing unity and power and the urgency to fight back against racial discrimination and inequity.

Injuries suffered by Black Americans described as “sometimes real but others are self-inflicted, imaginary or ancient history” is not based in fact and would be difficult to accept for anyone knowledgeable about the history of our country and the impact of slavery and systemic racism from its inception.  

I can understand why The Examiner might print such a letter – giving voice to those who choose to express their opinion. However, I know that this is not the opinion of many in our community. I am not one to write letters to the editor but I hope that letters in response will be published as I am sure there will be many.

This is a time when we hope to see positive change in our community and our country. Local publications like The Examiner have an opportunity to create a platform for a more respectful, thoughtful and relevant exchange of ideas toward that positive change. I hope that future publications will be in line with that purpose.

Ele Weinstein, MD
Pleasantville

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