Reflection: Charlottesville

Atlanta, I am very disappointed, hurt and tired of hearing news surrounding hatred and bigotry. Where does it end? When does it stop? Why are people still racist? My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of Charlottesville and their loved ones. This is a sickening reminder, that racism is always right around the corner.

I did not want to get into the blame game, but at some point we have to hold someone responsible…the President, the police, somebody! The sad reality is that we have a president that has harassed women, hurled cruel insults at immigrants, Muslims, the disabled and the poor. At bottom, the President has played a role in empowering groups like this. White supremacists & Neo Nazis are emboldened & are not afraid to show their face and shout racist slurs.

I’m not going to start preaching, but we MUST demand more from our elected officials and hold them accountable. A country’s strength is a direct function of the diversity of its people. We must show our children what it means to be kind, loving and free of bigotry. We should all strive to treat others with respect, dignity and love. As our Former President Barack Obama stated in his tweet Saturday, quoting Nelson Mandela:

I also want to give a BIG SHOUT OUT & hand clap to Logan Smith, who runs the @YesYoureRacist twitter account, with over 370,000 followers. It is a campaign to identify demonstrators who attended the rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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