We can’t pretend racism’s isn’t a problem here


The other night on the news, I heard Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll say something I can’t stop thinking about. He said: “White people have no idea what black people go through on a daily basis.” He’s right!

I know what it’s like to be the overweight, poorly dressed child in school. Then as an adult, my entire working life was spent in the chemical dependency and criminal justice fields. I have spoken all over the country, but to my knowledge, I have never had a single conversation with a person of color, regarding how they felt about this subject. Sadly, like many others, I believed, with few, hate-filled exceptions, racism still existed in the South; but it was not here; it was not part of my life, and I thought little about it!

Today on the news, there is no way to ignore the hatred screamed from the protests, but until now, I didn’t understand; I was simply offended! Sadly, I understand that at my age, there is little I can do, but I want you to know, that I ask your forgiveness for my ignorance, and, I truly care!

Lynn McCoy


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