Monday letters: We must learn to live together

July 29, 2013 

Neighborhood Watch News Guide

AP

George Zimmerman was supposed to stay in the car when he was told not to pursue Trayvon Martin. Yet he got out of the car, a teen ended up dead, and George Zimmerman was acquitted.

Race is still a problem in this country, and until we can have an honest discussion about it we will continue to struggle with these issues. The juror who spoke to Anderson Cooper on CNN said race wasn’t a factor. I find that hard to believe. If a white teen had been killed, I believe the jury would’ve had a verdict of second-degree murder, or manslaughter. A Zimmerman would not have pursued a white teen.

The life of a black male is not valued. NFL football player Michael Vick was imprisoned for financing dog fights, and George Zimmerman walks away after killing a black teen. President Obama is disrespected by S.C. GOP Congressman Joe Wilson while making a State of the Union address. It is evident that racism is a problem in America, but with young black teens killing each other, and the hip-hop attitude, it is swept under the rug.

When we can come together and really get to know each other, then we can live in a more peaceful society. As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not yet learned the simple art of living together as brothers.”

I hope we can learn to live together in this nation before it’s too late.

Victor Rodgers

Columbia

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