“WE CAN DO BETTE. WE HAVE TO DO BETTER”
The past forty-eight hours have been trying times for our great state. Like many others – I have refrained from interjecting my own personal views, but I believe something must be said.
I believe it is time for us as a state to recognize that we still have major problems to deal with regarding race relations. Yes, we go through the motions and act like we are in the 21st century, but sadly, we are still stuck in the mid-20th century in so many ways.
Nothing demonstrates that more than the heinous act committed on Wednesday evening in Charleston, S.C. – an act that took the lives of nine hard working, contributing members of our state.
We can no longer afford to turn a blind eye to the elephant in the room. The racial divide and tension in our state is stronger than we would like to admit. You don’t have to go far to find it. Eavesdrop on conversations while you are out and about – and listen to conversations held by those around you.
We have not progressed as far as we would like to think. It is a sad, but true fact.
Now we have two options. Either we can continue down the same old path thinking that we do not have a problem, or we can recognize the problem, and do a better job of educating each other that color doesn’t matter. A man or woman should be judged based on their merits, not their skin color.
My heart is broken for the Palmetto State and its people. We can do better. We have to do better. It is my hope that we all take a lesson from what happened and pass that lesson along to our fellow South Carolinians. “Dum Spiro Spero: While I breathe, I hope.”
May God bless all South Carolinians and help our great state heal – and learn.
David: Thanks for sharing your perspective. A lot of elected officials in South Carolina listen to you – and we hope you share this letter with them.