We will rise above hatred
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