We will rise above ha­tred

The Progress-Index Weekend - - OPINION -

This is to all you doubters and racists:

Through all of our ob­sta­cles, we will push for­ward. You’ve be­lit­tled us, called us an­i­mals, and (in some cases) di­vided us. We re­ceive very lit­tle en­cour­age­ment in our jour­ney for ex­cel­lence but that’s okay; we’re used to that. Yes, I un­der­stand some African-Amer­i­can males have failed to rep­re­sent us well but what politi­cians of any race have?

We have al­ways known our path wouldn’t be easy but hope to bring oth­ers on our mis­sion of re­build­ing. While most of you fo­cus on the vi­o­lence in the streets, why not also fo­cus on the pain that led us there? We are not all crim­i­nals. We are doc­tors, lawyers, po­lit­i­cal lead­ers, busi­ness own­ers, engi­neers, and yes, we even serve our coun­try with pride.

In clos­ing, no mat­ter what you say or do, we will find a way of lis­ten­ing more, un­der­stand­ing, and im­prov­ing. We will rise above your hate, doubt, and lack of un­der­stand­ing. We are strong, we are proud, and we are not only black men but Amer­i­cans. Cory R. Har­ris Petersburg, VA

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