Re: “Arcade owner faces backlash after incident” (TNT, 8-11).
I support Tacoma Stands Up’s message that Black Lives Matter. I support their courage to consistently march for the past few weeks to get their message out.
With that said, let me say that I recommend that Tacoma Stands Up follow in the footsteps of the civil rights movement during the 1950s and ’60s and the families in Charleston, South Carolina, who - when confronted with hate or difference of opinions - show love. Be ready to embrace a hand extended with an apology.
It is clear that the owners of Dorky’s Arcade are remorseful and apologetic and want to show the sincerity of their remorse by offering Tacoma Stands Up and others a place to meet to continue their endeavor to impress upon Tacoma that Black Lives Matter.
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Dorky’s Arcade has allied itself with the movement that Black Lives Matter. Let’s not protest their business; let’s support their business and courage to say that they made a mistake and want to partner with the national movement that Black Lives Matter.
Thank you, Dorky’s Arcade, for the courage to say we made a mistake and we want to amend for it.
(Christopher is president of the Tacoma Branch, NAACP.)