In your opinion piece Agenda Hidden Behind Slogan (Faith Matters Armidale Express 1.7.20), the writer acknowledges that "the slogan Black Lives Matter, from a Christian perspective is perfectly appropriate given the context of race discrimination", but then goes on to warn that the group that 'goes by this name' is a 'cunning conglomerate of revolutionary ideas'.
He is clearly warning people off attending Black Lives Matter rallies, because some other people at the rally might have a whole range of ideas on other issues.
Let's be local here. What is 'the context of race discrimination' here in Armidale? What is the experience of people here of 'race discrimination'? What do we know, or can learn, about history, about Government policies of the past and present, about the daily lives of our neighbours? What good changes might follow from this raised awareness?
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If you choose to go to a Black Lives Matter or Black Deaths in Custody rally, you may well find yourself alongside (socially distanced for now) people you haven't met before, who might hold different values, people who worship god in a different way, some who make connections between this issue and other, wider issues. Be not afraid. You have not been 'duped'. This is the issue you care about. You can meet the neighbours you are called on to love.
There will be a Black Lives Matter march and rally in Armidale on Saturday August 8th.