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In response to the 64,000 Dollar Question


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Jul. 21, 2020 - 5:04 PM

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I applaud Al Smith for raising the question. He is an elected official raising a question that has occurred to him and wants to get the thoughts of others. I think it’s a wrong assumption to assume the past doesn’t impact or influence the future.

The responses to Mr. Smith’s questions did not answer his question but talked about turmoil in cities run by Democrats and stirring up the racial pot. Quite frankly, I don’t know the answer, but freed slaves did nothing to prohibit them from protections of inalienable rights.

Inalienable rights … Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

We need to stop trying to shut down the conversation of race in a neutral forum. We will never understand if we don’t talk or listen. Now is the right time to ask the question, because now is the time that race, justice and the history of America is in the forefront.

Many people have asked themselves, “What should I do during this time … increase the diversity of my friends, read books on racial matters, protest racial disparities, cry with those who were crying, march with those who were marching, or say nothing and do nothing in hopes that it all goes away?”

Let’s not put our heads in the sand; now is the time to ask questions.

Sylvia Kirkland

Newnan