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The writer opposes the unanimous decision by the Gresham City Council to raise the Black Lives Matter flag at City Hall.

I read an article this afternoon posted by The Outlook ("Black Lives Matter flag raised at Gresham City Hall") that caused me great dismay and disappointment with the leadership of the Gresham city council. What follows is a summary of an email I sent to all councilors as well as Mayor Echols.

Per the article, the council unanimously voted to raise a Black Lives Matter flag in show of support to this very divisive movement. This is unacceptable and not a representation of who Gresham is.

Though the phrase "Black lives matter" rings true for all citizens of Gresham (I am making an assumption), the movement itself has become a representation of hatred, division, destruction and anarchy. Awareness of injustice has turned into an excuse to exercise lawlessness, and we've raised a flag in its name?

Most, if not every official vehicle in the city of Gresham fleet carries a bumper sticker stating "Hate is not a Gresham Value." Yet the City Council has unanimously chosen to proudly fly a flag that represents this extremely controversial organization that has been directly responsible for acts of hatred between Blacks and Whites, not to mention senseless destruction of property creating fear and panic across the nation.

These are not Gresham values and never will be. We are better than Portland. We are better than Seattle. And if we truly are "better together," then why raise a flag that points out how separate we are?

Now there is a flag flying from the very center of our city government signaling the open door to violence against police, destruction of public and private property and further division of Black and White.

In my letter to the council I requested the immediate removal of this flag.

Kirk Moormann

Damascus


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