Roosevelt Scott on recent national tragedies

By Jana E. Pye, Editor,

Roosevelt Scott of Darlington issued a statement regarding recent tragedies in Louisiana, Minnesota and Dallas, Texas prior to a statewide meeting in Columbia of the Improved Benevolent Protective Order of Elks of the World (IBPOE of W):

Roosevelt Scott

Roosevelt Scott

“As an American Citizen, I was saddened to hear about the recent killings in Louisiana, Minnesota and Dallas, Texas. The most unfortunate part about all of these killings is that they all could have been prevented if we, as a Nation, had taken the time to actually hear one another. Sadly, there still is a great divide between the perceptions that black people have regarding law enforcement and other races. As a black man, I understand the struggles that some black people have in trusting law enforcement based on past incidents. And I sympathize with those who do not quite understand those struggles because they have never been exposed to them personally.

What these killings show is that we still have a long way to go in regards to race relations. We need more interaction in our communities between law enforcement and the surrounding areas that they protect and serve. We need more honest dialogue instead of pointing the fingers by some and attempting to minimize the plight of others.

I have lived through the time when black people could not drink out of the same fountains as white people to a man named Back Obama becoming the President of the United States. I have seen the good and bad of America and truly believe that we can do better. All we have to do is commit to loving one another as God loved us and be willing to see other people’s point of view in order to promote fairness and compromise.”

Roosevelt Scott is a Grand Trustee for the Improved Benevolent Protective Order of Elks of the World (IBPOE of W) Pee Dee United #1679 Elks Lodge.

“I commend the work that Chief Danny Watson is doing in Darlington,” said Scott. “I pray for the safety of all our local law enforcement. This is my home, and I want it to remain peaceful for all.”

The Improved Protective Order of Elks of the World is a fraternal organization dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of children, youth, seniors, veterans, and others less fortunate in our communities, primarily through benevolent contributions, volunteer services, and broad-base collaborative community initiatives; and to assist those less fortunate in achieving their highest potential, complete their education, and become positive society contributors by providing committed volunteers, national leadership, and standards of excellence.

Author: Duane Childers

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