This is such a hot button topic it is difficult to talk about. The last thing I want to do is offend any of my African-American Friends, who are many. I think of men and women I love and respect, Michael, Mark, Lawrence, Titus & Renee’, Terrance, Hattie, Kevin, just to name a few. They are great people, hard-working, love life, love people and love me, a caucasian. To me, this is evidence there is no need for racial violence, animosity or worse.
Where is all the mistrust, ugly talk, suspicion coming from? It isn’t coming from those of us who are here in the trenches doing life together. It isn’t coming from us who work together, socialize together, and worship together.
I just commented to Gayle this morning over breakfast, I can barely watch the news or read Facebook posts without feeling like I want to jump into the fray! I must tell you, I have never felt any suspicion toward a member of another race as we mingle at church together!
I travel all over the state and at times the country for my work. It is the unknown that creates a sense of apprehension. Driving into a neighborhood by accident that is clearly low-income makes me nervous and lock the doors no matter whether it is a poor white neighborhood or a minority neighborhood. I don’t know what is there or how to get out quickly and it creates concern.
The solution to me is get off the soapbox on TV, stop making speeches, President Obama, Al Sharpton, Jessie Jackson, Fox News, MSN, CNN, stop it now! Stop spinning crime facts from both sides, more crime committed VS. more imprisoned. None of that matters.
Invite a neighbor of a different race to sit down and talk to you about their life’s experience. Feel with them, then share your perspective and let them feel with you. Become friends. Respect each other’s different experiences. Start looking out for each other. Love your neighbors. Mentor someone.