LETTER: Racial divide needs substantive solutions

First Posted: 12:53 am - July 20th, 2015

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To the editor:

When Gov. Nikki Haley signed the bill to take the rebel flag down, it was only a day’s worth of ointment to try to heal a few centuries worth of bruises for the ailing cultural communities. Therefore, it is a false front to the nagging issues that minorities and others alike are burdened with each day.

If Haley were serious about fixing the racial split in South Carolina, she would have created a cultural consortium to meet monthly to brainstorm policy changes to suggest to elected officials across the state to help all South Carolinians. Gov. David Beasley created a task force on racial relations, but it was saturated with members of the professional and upper class. Therefore, it wasn’t an all-inclusive discussion for minorities in South Carolina.

If Haley is really serious about being a bridge-builder and mending the breaks in the ethnic cultures in S.C., she should build a team that mirrors the socioeconomic groups and racial compositions of this state. That means there should be working-class, middle-class and upper-class individuals on her advisory group to be truth seekers about the affairs of underrepresented races in this state.

Furling the rebel flag is simply high-octane gasoline poured on a cultural wildfire that was already spreading in this state due to recent events. Right now it only looks as if Haley is trying to maximize a political profit by tallying up public sentiment for a change rather than sapient solutions that will cure these ills forever.

Hugging all the modern day civil rights advocates at Sen. Clementa Pinckney’s funeral is nice. Yet, giving your state a caring embrace and not bear-hugging its history is what will matter the most to the people.

Jordan Cooper




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