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Wednesday April 14th

Letter: Why does life matter? Challenge the system


Everyone keeps talking about the police officers and the victims in Charlotte as if they were the only people responsible for that shooting.

Between “Black Lives Matter,” “Blue Lives Matter” and “All Lives Matter” no one has offered an answer to the question: “Why?”

Why does anyone’s life matter at all?

If life did matter to them, they would focus on this answer and forget about gathering statistics and every minute piece of evidence for every shooting that occurs.

If life did matter to them, they would attack the child labor laws which drive kids to depend on the strength of their gangs rather than the ability of their reason.

They would challenge the vague, fluid, non-objective law system which the police are merely enforcing. They would criticize the activists begging the government for happiness rather than the freedom to pursue it themselves.

They would look beyond the violently emotional range of the moment and ask: “How did we get here, and where are our principles leading us?”

Do they believe these answers don’t exist?

Do you believe they couldn’t see the answer if it was staring them in the face?

Chris Speciale


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