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- Man shot by police ID'd; witness shares his side of story (2/17/17)31
- MSHP: McLendon shot in side; autopsy refutes witness account (2/19/17)23
- Apparent punch at girls basketball game propels lawmaker into action (2/21/17)4
- Business notebook: Owners ready to roll out the Barrel 131 (2/20/17)6
- Missouri bill would limit transgender school bathroom access (2/22/17)47
- Annual father-daughter dance provides some fun bonding time (2/19/17)1
- SoutheastHEALTH, Washington University School of Medicine announce collaboration (2/24/17)13
- City issues precautionary boil order near Arena Park (2/23/17)
- $22M bond issue would alter Jackson schools (2/22/17)12
Racism raises its ugly head
To the editor:
Several events that I have recently experienced have taught me something that is painfully hard to deal with. Racism is still alive and well in Cape Girardeau, and it's our duty as responsible Americans to speak out against racism, bigotry and hatred in our hometown no matter what the cost.
Several youths spray painted some extremely harsh racial sentiments against African Americans on a bridge by my house, and they angered me beyond belief. For those kinds of feelings and attitudes to still be present in our society is nothing short of coarse and ill-bred. The parents of the children involved in doing the paintings treated this incident very nonchalantly. One set of parents even went as far as to remove their child from public school to avoid punishment for this cruel action of hate. To me this is heart-wrenching, because apparently people still think it is all right to hate or be prejudiced against someone because of skin color and that punishment for actions of hatred directed at people of color are not a serious matter.
I ask that everyone rise up against racism, bigotry, prejudice and hatred in our society so that our town is seen as a place of hope and tolerance for all ethnicities of human beings.