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Letter writer: South Carolina’s African-Americans should run for office

Posted: July 22, 2014 7:34 p.m.
Updated: July 23, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Black Americans in the state of Mississippi understand their time is at hand for their voting solidarity and economic self-reliance. Black Americans in South Carolina should also know their time is also at hand for them to learn and run for the legacy of our Black brothers and sisters in Mississippi.

Today, Mississippi has a population of 37 percent Black Americans, and South Carolina has a population of 30 percent Black Americans. But, the state of Mississippi has more Black American elected officials than any other state in America.

The African-Americans in Mississippi endured the broken skulls and jaws and legs and suffered shooting, burnings, bombings and lynchings -- all without violent resistance -- so that our nation could learn from their example: that what was done required dignity and faith that has never been surpassed in the history of this great nation.

If we are honest with history, I think we would admit that the spirit of truth is at the heart of change in America (thank heaven).

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