I read your editorial published in the Daily Bulletin, entitled "Black Lives Matter, Mr. Mattucci".
You claim that "systemic racism that has existed in Torrance since its corporation in 1921."
Your article did not cite anything specific. In fact, in a city council meeting in 2018, you declared that Torrance could not be a racist city, since the residents had elected you to the city council, and you were the highest vote-getter in the 2016 City Council election.
Mr. Herring, you stated the following in your editorial:
"We are saying that all lives cannot matter until Black lives matter and receive that same justice."
All lives matter because they are all endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights. The notion that a life matters less because of skin color is antithetical to everything that the United States is founded on. The notion that other lives cannot matter until the lives of one segment of the population matter by receiving the "same justice" is in fact one of the most unjust, racist formulations I have ever read. Justice cannot be a matter of skin color. Justice must be a matter of actions and merits. The very notion that a segment of the population based on skin color has been denied justice because of their skin color requires more rigorous defense than you have provided.
Councilman Herring, I have no reason not to take your statements seriously. Precisely for that reason, I found many of your formulations in your editorial to be surprising if not disturbing for their lack of evidence, intellectual rigor, and seriousness. I submit to you that when black lives matter to other black lives, then the import of the larger statement "Black lives matter" will have more integrity. Furthermore, your claim that Torrance is systemically racist is, if I may be so bold, systemically flawed. By what metric can you claim that the city of Torrance is racist?
Please respond to the questions which I have provided in bold letters above. As a retired city councilman, a pastor, and a retired military official, your reputation and the gravity of your assertions demand a response to the questions I have provided. You all but libeled the city of Torrance and its residents, and such brazen assertions must be challenged.