This comment was by Mike in reference to the post – This Photo From a Trump Rally Tells a Story (And Some Stories We’d Rather Not Hear)
Hello, I am the “man in the BGM shirt”. Mr. Rowe thank you for a fairly written article that is only slightly slanted in your political direction. I would like to take this opportunity to clarify a few liberties I feel you have taken. “The facts are what they are” quote in and of its self can be viewed exactly like this picture. Through the perspective of the viewer. The “facts” we live in Loveland Colorado, a community made up roughly of 90% Caucasian, 9% Hispanic, and less than 1% African American. While it was made clear multiple times on your Facebook page we are by no means racist people, yet you still leave a hint of that assumption in this article.
My shirt is meant to be inflammatory, not because I am a racist person, but because I don’t think that the public portrayal of the BLM warrants a whole lot of respect, even understanding the noble and good intentions of this movement that has strayed to the violence reported by the media.
Secondly, I was raised around firearms and they are a part of my everyday life. Now I can agree to disagree with people that don’t understand that, but I will stand up and defend my second amendment rights. That is another reason I wear that shirt. It represents a movement that educates people on firearms safety. It also can be seen as a statement that “black” the color, guns matter referring to guns that are black like the dreaded AR-15 rifle and similar weapons. Someone who has never enjoyed firearms will not understand my last statement so I am afraid the it will fall on deaf ears.
Honestly the thing that this has brought to the forefront of my mind is the unexplained lack of respect and intolerance for different opinions and viewpoints. Mr. Rowe, you said we would not agree on much politically. I think you are correct, but that is not a reason that we should use politics to further divide this country and the Americans in it.
We are all different from our viewpoints to our taste in food. That is the best part of America in my opinion. I don’t hate anyone because they are different than me due to skin color, race, sexuality, political stance, hair color, or what have you. I know that my shirt has offended people, hell in this day and age what hasn’t, but if it has started at least one honest respectful conversation its “mission accomplished.”
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