Re: “Prayer Service a Show of Solidarity” (CDT, 7/9):
I suppose I missed the front-page article describing the services for the two black men gunned down by police last week. Their names were Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.
We cannot pretend to believe that “all lives matter” when the stories that make the news indicate a strong preference for only certain lives. In printing this article, indeed in holding this ceremony at all, the people of State College have demonstrated that those who choose to wear blue are more significant than those who were born black.
Intentional or not, this is an attitude which must be examined and excised before we as a community can make any progress toward real, lasting justice.
Additionally, I call on State College police Chief Tom King to publicly condemn the actions of the officers in Baton Rouge, La., and Falcon Heights, Minn. Why is it that we insist that Black Lives Matter activists distance themselves from the violence of the Dallas sniper, but likewise insist that the police, who so far this year are responsible for the deaths of more than 120 black citizens across the U.S., present a unified front in the name of “solidarity”?
The hypocrisy is shameful, and illuminating.
C.A. Peters, Pine Grove Mills