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Black Lives Matter events have popped up throughout the state in many different cities and towns. An event was held earlier this month in Le Mars.

“We will be standing in solidarity for those lives lost as well as those who are still currently fighting against police brutality,” the page said.

That event happened on June 6. This recent uproar was all spurred by the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

The event in Le Mars raised nearly $610. Of the $610 it raised, less than 10 percent of it actually went to the George Floyd Memorial Fund — you know, the guy who was actually killed and lost his life.

The George Floyd Memorial Fund wasn’t the most important fund the group raised money for. It wasn’t the second either. Or the third.

Now, helping out the guy who actually died fund was fourth most important — behind the NAACP Legal Defense Fund ($223.89), Campaign Zero ($220), Black Lives Matter ($78) and then the George Floyd Memorial Fund ($60).

But hey, the guy who actually died fund was more important than the Equal Justice Initiative and the Eastern Iowa Bond Project.

The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending “mass incaraceration and excessive punishment” in the U.S. as well as “challenging racial and economic injustice.”

Their website details their work — criminal justice reform, death penalty, children in adult prison, wrongful convictions, excessive punishment and prison conditions. It also has a “racial justice” section about the legacy of slavery, racial terror lynching, racial segregation, presumption of guilt and community remembrance project. And a public education section that discusses “just mercy, true justice documentary, a history of racial injustice calendar, reports and videos.”

But I haven’t found the section yet that promotes having a mom and a dad in the home, which makes a bigger impact on a child than anything else.

Perhaps it is “under construction.”

Author: Jacob Hall