Protect What You Love
Our Declaration of Independence states that all men are created equal. I would like to take this a step further and see our nation embrace the truth that all people are created equal. We live on the same planet, we are members of the human race, and we need to embrace our differences and lift each other towards greatness. Our diversity is our strength.
It is impossible to look back at the history of South Carolina and not to see the beauty, pain, courage, and forgiveness that has woven together the tapestry of our beautiful state. South Carolinians are strong people with good hearts.
Growing up, I participated in the youth chapter of the NAACP, which met at Freedom Church in downtown Rock Hill. Being a biracial woman, it is impossible to deny the advantages and disadvantages that exist in response to something as non-negotiable as one's skin color. We have made great strides, even in my lifetime, but we still have a long way to go.
We must protect each other and do what is best for our citizens as a whole. At the most base level, our neighbors need to feel safe. There is no room for racism in our district or in our hearts.