Pull to­gether to right wrongs done in Rich­mond

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - OPINIONS -

RUSS LAWRENCE.

RICH­MOND.

ED­I­TOR, TIMES-DIS­PATCH:

I am a life­long res­i­dent of the city of Rich­mond and have watched with pride its trans­for­ma­tion from a pro­vin­cial and racially seg­re­gated town to a vi­brant and di­verse city. One small ex­am­ple to il­lus­trate the point is the fact that when we started our fam­ily here in the 1970s, we had to drive miles out­side of the city to find a Mex­i­can restau­rant. There now are plenty from which we can choose and do so.

The re­cent loot­ing, van­dal­iz­ing and ri­ot­ing in the city is sad and fright­en­ing, but I see it as cre­at­ing an op­por­tu­nity for our cit­i­zens to pull to­gether to right the wrongs done to the vic­tims. Rich­mond has an abun­dance of civic-minded clubs and or­ga­ni­za­tions. I would love to see those or­ga­ni­za­tions pool their re­sources to form a di­verse and rep­re­sen­ta­tive group or com­mit­tee to raise funds and re­cruit vol­un­teers to aid the un­for­tu­nate vic­tims of the de­struc­tion in our city. Ap­pli­cants for relief could pro­vide doc­u­mented ev­i­dence of their losses. Of course, the group would have to be care­ful to

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