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Letters to the Editor

All lives matter

| Thursday, July 28, 2016, 8:55 p.m.

While the division in the world does not seem to be closing, the violence will not stop unless we come together as a civilization. To become truly civilized, we need to look deep down into our own souls and look at life through others' eyes.

People are quick to criticize our police. Our legal system is not without prejudice or injustice, but it is the only system we have to work with. Do black lives matter only when police shoot someone?

A topic not being brought to the forefront is the lack of cooperation with police by the black community. Kennir Parr, 14, was gunned down at a 4th of July celebration in a crowd of fifty people in Rankin. And no one saw anything? Where is the justice for Kennir in this system?

Black lives matter. Blue lives matter. White, brown, yellow, etc., lives matter. A life is a life but dead is dead.

As I viewed the coverage of Kennir's murder, I was compelled to speak up. The murder of this outstanding and inspiring student from the Woodland Hills School District was senseless. Kennir could be anyone's child.

I am the proud grandfather of four — three white and one black, three males and one female. When I look at them, I see four children for whom I want nothing but the best. I do not see black or white, male or female. I see four children I love dearly.

The killings need to stop at all levels. Community groups, local government, state and federal government, rich and poor need to create a dialogue to bring these senseless killings to a halt.

Harry Brake


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