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Letter: Black Lives Matter movement inclusive of Jesus

Posted 9/28/20

To the editor:

I’m writing to bring up the “Jesus Christ Matters” sign recently placed on East Main Road near the Post Office. 

To me, the fact that someone would think …

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Letter: Black Lives Matter movement inclusive of Jesus

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To the editor:

I’m writing to bring up the “Jesus Christ Matters” sign recently placed on East Main Road near the Post Office. 

To me, the fact that someone would think that Black Lives Matter would not be inclusive of Jesus is pure cognitive dissonance; after all, historical reconstructions have come to agree that he was, in no way, white. 

It’s hard to confuse a native of Palestinian Bethlehem with any Western European man, proof that the depictions many of us grew up seeing in church were not based in reality. And when you consider how people of color, especially those who speak out for human rights, are treated in America today (and since the founding of this country), it’s not hard to concur with the Black Lives Matter movement. 

Think of Martin Luther King, Jr. — a man who had a dream for this country composed of racial harmony and equality, gunned down for trying to change the lives of millions for the better. How can you read the gospel and not see parallels? 

So to whoever placed that sign, I implore you to consider the reality of the world we live in, and replace your placard with one that puts you on the right side of history. 

Andrew Thompson

66 Islington Ave.

Portsmouth

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