Letters: Race word loaded

Dear Editor,

The BLM movement is about our basic human rights. The Black community is not being afforded the same rights of equality in many corners of our society. It should be an open and shut case, but it is not. Why?

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We view the world from our own lens without realizing it is only one perspective fraught with ignorance, bias and self-interest. As a result, we act accordingly, whether consciously or unconsciously.

The word race comes from a place of ignorance. Race is a made-up label. We’ve already been informed that human biology doesn’t differ by race. In 2003, the human genome project was completed which is a genetic blueprint for building a human. It was announced that the concept of race has no genetic or scientific basis. Yet, we are letting a mere word called “race” tear us apart.  

We have a problem of ignorance in society and some choose to succumb to willful ignorance and self-interest.

We even conflate language and thoughts to suit our ideology.

When white people hear the phrase “Black Lives Matter,” they sometimes hear: “Only Black Lives Matter.” When Black people utter the phrase “Black Lives Matter,” they are really saying, “Black Lives Matter, Too.”

Ben Mejilla

RICHMOND

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