All Americans should support movements

DEAR EDITOR:

You recently published a letter titled “Democrats reap what they sow from election” that I found to be inaccurate. I would like to dispute several points made by the author.

The #MeToo movement was created 10 years ago by Tarana Burke of Harlem in response to a young girl who reported sexual abuse by her mother’s boyfriend. It has been used since to protest sexual assault, sexual harassment and misogyny in the workplace, on college campuses and domestic abuse in the home. Sadly, even our most reverend institutions are guilty of trying to ignore and silence victims. Recent examples are Michigan State University, USA Gymnastics, USA Olympic Committee and sadly, even some churches. For the author of the letter to state it was created by the Democratic party is to politicize a movement that was really needed in the country.

I was born only 23 years after women first achieved the right to vote in America after a long, bitter struggle. Currently, men control the political system and are CEOs of most of the large corporations; so as women, we still have a long way to go.

The Black Lives Matter Movement came to the forefront with acquittal of George Zimmerman for the death of Trayvon Martin and for the other unarmed black men who have been killed in encounters with law enforcement. One of the most egregious of those was the killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice of Cleveland, killed while playing in the park. Whatever your opinion of these awful occurrences, one thing is certain. They should not be politicized. They are far too tragic and sad for that.

It is not anti-American to support the #MeToo and Black Lives Matter movements. It is a very American right allowed to us by The United States Constitution as long as we assemble and demonstrate peacefully.

CAROL MULLEN

Howlan

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