Moving forward as a united city

To the editor:

This is a follow up from our letter on the continued concerns about the failure to address the needs of Danville residents.

It is easy to point the finger at single black parents or the leaders of the city, but in reality, it goes much deeper than that. The system is designed to maintain the status quo of the economically challenged and the minority. How many of you would do the right thing in the work environment where you outnumber people of color 10 to 1 when a problem arises? Our school system was designed to keep African-American students unaware of African-American history, art and culture and the contributions made by them. Yet, they persevere to become the best of themselves.

When the drug epidemic hit the African-American communities, they were jailed and little help provided for those who were addicted. Now that it has hit the Anglo communities, help for the addiction is abundantly clear, and there is disparity in the number of those who go to jail. As with most things in this society, there is a double standard. There are a set of rules that separates us according to our natural heritage.

I must agree that it is sad that our society has gotten to the point it is today. There is a lack of addressing the problems in a forum where honesty is welcomed. It seems that most of the blame is placed at the feet of the minorities in this city and across this nation. Let’s be honest, single parents are not limited to people of color nor is the issue of selling drugs, but they seem to be high on the list of defaming and blame.

As residents of this city, I think we all have a responsibility to make sure all of our children have a good education, beginning with pre-school that will help our students compete on national levels. We all have a responsibility to elect officials who will do all they can to make sure this city survives economically, which includes bringing jobs to the city that pay better than minimal wage.

At present, we are known as the “Last Capital of the Confederacy,” but we are not a tourist city that thrives because of that moniker like Williamsburg capitalizes on colonialism. We struggle with celebrating a flag that was used to defend slavery and capitalism of free labor. Our city is losing its youth, and no large corporation wants to invest in a city that can’t stop fighting the Civil War.

Let’s put forward our energy to prepare our youth for the future, eradicating poverty, and making this city one of the best to live and work in this area.



Editor’s note: The writer is president of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Danville and Vicinity.

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