Uniting as Americans of different colors

This morning I watched the movie “White House Butler.”

It was a stirring and a thought-provoking movie. It wasn’t until I chose to serve my country in the Navy and in Vietnam that I began to meet black people and make friends, though I didn't always understand their culture. We relied on each other for backup, friendship and life.

As I watched the movie I continued in my understanding of the thoughts and concerns of black people. I never felt guilty for my behavior toward black people, as I have always placed respect for all people first in my life; I have felt a great deal of guilt for the way we as a white race in general have treated black people. The Bible has been a great deal of help to me, for it was Jesus Christ who said that all men are brothers.

Please don’t mistake me for a loose thinking liberal and/or an Obama supporter. I am not. I understand why black people are proud to have a black president, but with all I read and watch, even minorities have phonies and crooks in their fold.

As a voter, I have seen our own shameful politicians come and go. We, as a people, need to stop making our judgments of people simply on someone's popularity. Today we lack leadership at so many levels, from the White House on down. We forge ahead in all directions without a sound plan and at great expense. We need a government that educates its people and listens to Americans. Let’s make sure we have our voices heard by those in Congress and the White House. Americans need to unite as one people; not black, white, brown or whatever color or culture, but as Americans. Thank you, David Hedlund

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