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Black Lives Matter movement needs to stop bullying its allies

Nothing in America is more outrageous and cries out for justice more than the killing of unarmed black citizens, often by police over petty infractions.

Video images are irrefutable — whether a 13 year old black child gunned down in two seconds by police, a black family man suspected of selling loose cigarettes being choked to death by a pack of police, unarmed black men in Baltimore and South Carolina forfeiting their lives for running away, or an unarmed black man in Cincinnati shot in the head by a policeman over not having a front license plate. No society can tolerate such an epidemic of double-standard racial murders, and every person of every ethnicity should protest and demand change.

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The Black Lives Matter movement is attempting to do that, but it's doing so in a counter-productive way. Instead of courageously putting themselves at risk (as Rev. Martin Luther King did) and challenging those with whom they most disagree (such as police unions, racist politicians, the NRA and the tea party), Black Lives Matter has chosen Sen. Bernie Sanders and other soft-target sympathetic friends and supporters to attack with cowardly disruption.

Black Lives Matter is a critical national issue. It should protest, promote its own events and debate its adversaries rather than bully its allies.

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Roger C. Kostmayer, Baltimore

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