In Saugerties every day, at 5:30 p.m., people gather on a prominent street corner to proclaim that Black lives matter. Many people who walk and drive by express their support either by honking or making some gesture like a thumbs-up.
But occasionally someone will yell “All lives matter!” in anger. If only American society upheld that principle.
We have seen in the videos of police interactions with Black Americans that some hired to protect the community do not think that Black lives matter. Watching for eight minutes and 46 seconds as a police officer kneels on the nec... of George Floyd, we see prejudice in action. We can now listen to Mr. Floyd begging, saying that he can’t breathe.
This is only the latest in a long series of police killings of unarmed Black men and women. This must stop. Justice for those already murdered is a minimum. But proactive steps to assure that law-enforcement officers respect the rights and lives of all are also vital.
The great American democratic experiment is threatened by this injustice. It is time to end it. Because until Black lives matter, all lives in America do not matter.
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