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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Responding to Mr. Keller

On Wednesday, August 19, 2020 Mr. Keller wrote an article titled “GOD says all lives are important.” I share those sentiments. I debated for weeks whether I should write this letter. There are times when individuals have to stand up and refute statements that do not pass the TRUTH test.

As a former subscriber of the L’Observateur for many years, have enjoyed reading Mr. Keller’s column. I can write with confidence that I have only disagreed with his column a few times. In his column dated August 19, 2020 he stated unequivocally the BLACK LIVES MOVEMENT is the reason for the racial divide. I disagree with that analysis. The racial divide started immediately after Mr. OBAMA won the democratic nomination for president. Mr. Trump and his propaganda television network and followers started their racist BIRTHER Campaign.

The racist in chief has not stopped his racist campaign to fan the flames of racism. His malicious attack on President OBAMA, Mr. Kaepernick and the Black Lives Matter Movement has gone on unabated.

It is ironic that Mr. Keller has attacked Mr. Kaepernick, the Black Lives Matter Movement never questioning their motive for their respective movements. They were inspired by police brutality and racially motivated violence against BLACK people.

On April 12, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King penned his famous letter from the Birmingham jail, his letter was intended for the eight pastors and ministers criticizing him for leading demonstration for civil rights. They stated that the demonstration was unwise and untimely, however similar to Mr. Keller the pastors was not concerned as to why the demonstration was taking place.

As a paid up member of the Louisiana Sheriff’s honorary membership program, I do not support defunding the police department. A well-funded and trained police department is critical for the safety and protection of the citizens.

As an Army Veteran, have always stood for the National Anthem and continue to stand today, and I will stand tomorrow.

Willie J. Clement

Reserve, LA