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Move forward in face of tragedy

Posted: January 5, 2012 11:16 a.m.
Updated: January 6, 2012 5:00 a.m.

This is an attempt to heal the people of Kershaw County for the recent events that have caused divisions in our county. We have people in this world who have created acts of violence and destroyed lives. This type of people comes in all shapes, sizes and colors.

 As an African American male who has lived in five continents around the world, I have always valued returning home to the comforts of Camden. Dubai will never compare to Camden and the values that exist in this city. Paris and London are beautiful; however, they do not offer the hometown, Christian values that exist in Camden, S.C.

It is my prayer that the recent events of an African American male killing a Caucasian woman will not destroy what God is building in the city of Camden. Please, let us hold on to the memories of our children playing little league football games or baseball games on Saturday morning or how we acknowledge each other, as people, after church on Sunday.

 It is my prayer that all African American males within Kershaw County will not be stereotyped due to the recent events of one ignorant man, but judged by their own behavior, just as Susan Smith and Casey Anthony's actions should not cast a shadow on all the Caucasian mothers within Kershaw County.

This is a time for prayer and healing within the county and the city. We must pray for both families of this tragic event. And as a people, we must continue to be educated and run from the perceptions and the past of Jim Crow and segregation. We must keep working on love, peace and harmony within our county and community. We must do this for the elderly who have struggled and the children who see love through color blind lens.

 We must move forward from this tragic incident. And we can do this with the power of prayer, respect for each other and walking far away from the divisions of the past.

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