- Posted August 15, 2014 by
The Sad Truth in Ferguson
There used to be commercials for cigarettes (remember those?) that said “You’ve come a long way baby!” It was talking about women and promoting all the wrong things, but the statement was right. Women have come a long way and so have race relations. In both cases, there is still a long way to go. Prejudice doesn’t go away just because it’s wrong or just because you want to change. Still wanting to change is the first step.
The next time you meet someone of a different color, religion, political party or whatever difference divides you - remember, you’re just meeting another person. That person has hopes and fears, dreams for the future, people he loves and people who love him. The culture or appearance may be different, but vive le difference! This may be your chance to make an interesting acquaintance, or maybe even a friend. People who are different can help you see things you have never seen and learn things you would never otherwise know. Be willing to make the first step. The other person may or may not be willing to reciprocate. If they don’t reciprocate, just remember where you were once and hope that someday with someone else, that different person may be willing to try because of meeting people like you who did try.
Whatever happened in Ferguson, it is a tragedy and we are the only people who can prevent future tragedies. I’m in. How about you?