The events in Charlottesville, Virginia, last Saturday and President Trump's slow response in condemning "the K.K.K., neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups" needs to be a warning and wake-up to all.
It is too easy to dismiss events hundreds of miles away as not happening here, so not relevant here.
Beloit certainly has its problems, challenges, disparities and, yes, its racism. We have the need to confront these issues, to talk to each other, and to understand the experiences, the concerns and the fears of one another.
We need to build bridges (Beloit's logo) of understanding and cooperation so that we can work together to improve the quality of life in Beloit.
This starts with getting to know each other and building relationships. I encourage Beloiters to come to the Stronger Together Vigil at Horace White Park, Saturday, August 19th at 4:00 p.m. to Stand in Solidarity with Charlottesville.
Another ongoing opportunity is to participate in Courageous Conversations which meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m., at Community Action Inc. at the Eclipse Center.
Racism can be blatant or extremely subtle. We can be its victims or its enablers, on a conscious or unconscious level. May we use the current events to expand our consciousness as well as our resolve to eliminate racism in Beloit.
I chair the Beloit Equal Opportunities Commission.