I received the following email from a person who has been a long-time CitySquare donor. I found it amazing and thoroughly disappointing. Here's what he said along with my reply and his final word:
Trayvon Martin's killing brought on a lot of debate, some healthy and constructive, some unhealthy and destructive. Gerald Britt's article in this morning's paper is the most hate-filled, irrational article I have seen from either side of the issue. Take me off of your lists. I can't support an organization that is actively promoting hate in our community.
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Thank you for contacting me with your opinion about Rev. Britt’s editorial.
Frankly, your reaction is surprising to me. I can’t find the hatred to which you refer anywhere in the article. It would be helpful to me if you could elucidate more specifically to what you are referring. I would love to talk to you by phone or face-to-face, as I am sure Gerald would as well.
As I have considered the entire case, my question is why didn’t young Trayvon Martin fall under the protection of the “stand your ground” law in Florida? He was pursued by an armed stranger. If he “stood his ground” in his own defense, how could he be blamed and how could an armed assailant be declared “not guilty.”
Again, please direct me to the hatred or to the irrationality of Gerald’s article. I really need your help on this one.
Thanks Larry, That's all I needed to know. If that article speaks for City Square, we're done.
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I'm trying folks, really, I am. But, I can't see or hear the "hatred."
The fact that we can't have a sensible conversation is a huge tip off that we have a major problem about race and culture in this nation.