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letters | a night of protest

In fight for justice, glow of tree lighting had to be dimmed

When I first learned of the rally in response to a grand jury’s decision not to indict the police officer in Eric Garner’s death, I thought I would not go because it would be disruptive to the Boston Christmas tree lighting, a special holiday and family event.

Then I thought about Garner’s family — his wife, mother, six kids. And I thought about the empty chair at his family’s Thanksgiving table. And I knew I had to go.

I hope that the parents at the tree lighting took the opportunity to explain to their own kids why we were there, and that we are all one family with a responsibility to each other to work together to create a society that is free from injustice, racial hatred, inequality, and violence. All lives matter.

Unless we embrace and strive together to make this a reality, you can light all the Christmas trees you want, but there will be darkness, and the real meaning of Christmas will be lost.

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Jain Ruvidich-Higgins
Quincy