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It's not a simple issue

Monday, October 02, 2017

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Dear Editor,

After reading the letter to the editor, titled 'Most Jamaicans respect our anthem', written by Teddylee Gray, which appeared in the Jamaica Observer on September 28, 2017, I was tempted to respond to the writer's naviety.

Apparently this writer is unaware of the reasons for the protest of the black players in the America National Football League.

African Americans have lived with white racism since slavery in America. In order to peacefully attack the brutality inflicted on them, they have publicly exposed their desire for change.

Several years ago, at the Olympics in Mexico, two two brave black athletes, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, raised their fists on the podium, instead of placing their hands on their breasts, while the American flag was flying. Their plea for changes were heard and there were some changes.

To compare Bolt's deference to the US flag to the protest of the American football players kneeling in protest of police brutality and alleged cold-blooded murder of black people is absurd. There is nothing in the constitution of the US that demands worship of the American flag. In fact, freedom of speech is a cornerstone of American freedom. Freedom of speech and peaceful public protest are the few useful tools black Americans have to protect black lives.

Gray, you obviously are unaware of the brutality black Americans have endured for centuries. Black American lives matter.

R Oscar Lofters

Kingston 8

lofters1@aol.com

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