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How long will we stumble over race relations?

Posted: February 15, 2011 3:34 p.m.
Updated: February 16, 2011 5:00 a.m.

The picture of Kershaw County sheriff’s deputies in the Chronicle-Independent Jan. 7 indicated a lack of diversity and was not representative of our county’s diverse population.

Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream is nowhere finished. Anything else cheapens grace and cheats the believer.

On June 11, 1963, in the height of the civil rights movement, President John F. Kennedy went on television to address the nation. He gave a simple but eloquent message:

“We are confronted primarily a moral issues. It is as old as the American constitution. The heart of the question is whether all Americans are afforded equal rights and equal opportunities, whether we are going to treat our fellow Americans as we want to be treated. Hundred years of delay have passed since President Lincoln freed the slaves, yet their heirs, their grandsons are not fully free. They are not yet free from the bonds of justice. And this nation, for all it hopes and all its boast, will not be fully free until all of its citizens are free.”

It is my God-given belief the time has come for our concerned citizens, with divine intervention, to have what it takes to defend people who hold unpopular beliefs. We have the ability to govern and discipline one’s self by the use of reason. It is a belief that an individual has political or economic rights when county and city must not interfere.

In the 1980s, American communities across our nation became more diverse as white and black and other ethnic groups began to live in close proximity to one another. It was the ideal of the civil rights movement finally coming to life.

The journey for equal opportunity here in our county taken in the last 20-plus has been challenging. We have faced periods of government obstruction. And there has been a time of hope that equal opportunity could be achieved for all of our county citizens.

Black Americans have endured waiting for justice that has been too long. It has been too easy for some to say wait … wait for the justice. But when your character has been questioned countless times, then, as Dr. King once wrote, “You will understand why black Americans find it difficult to wait.”   

 

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