It’s devastating to watch a community tear itself apart. But that’s what people who visited the Times Citizen’s Facebook page last week witnessed. Current and former residents, and people who’ve never lived here ripped into each other in the comments section of a post linking to a newspaper article about a planned Black Lives Matter protest.

Our news staff knew the subject was likely to be controversial here in rural Iowa. Recent protests demanding equality and justice for Black Americans have been a lightning rod for arguments since George Floyd died in the custody of four Minneapolis police officers on May 25.

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