Chairman's Corner: ICDHR Chairman Rev. Clyde H. Brooks Asks How Can We "Bridge The Divide"    p. 1 / p. 2p. 3
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The United States is experiencing the greatest divide amongst its people since the Civil War.  This divide is seen in nearly every facet of American life.   Perhaps only those who reside in remote parts of the United States far removed from a newspaper, radio or television, can attest to this divide not being seen or felt.

The divide not only reveals itself in race relations, but can be seen educationally, politically, socially, and geographically.  Many justify this divide by stating that "Americans are angry, that they are angry about the economy and the failure of government." This may be true. However, it appears that the power of "reason"  has been lost.

As an advocate of the Civil Rights Movement, I fully understand that Donald Trump and perhaps others, are playing an unfortunate but important role. 
As we look back in history, it was the fire hoses, dogs, Governor Wallace, Bull Connor and others whose very actions helped to move racism out of the closet.  Likewise, it is the very acts of certain politicians that serve to bring hate, sexism and racism out of the closet.

The acts of Donald Trump serve the same role as those negative forces played during the 1960's -- that is, to bring hate and racism out of the closet.  Those who have studied World History in the 1940's and 1950's know best how hate filled leaders, which created and promoted hate against certain populations that led to the murder of millions of people.  It is also true that when people are suffering there is a rise in blaming some group for the suffering.
This appears to be the reason for the ever widening divide among our people.  Women, Muslims, African- Americans, Hispanics and those who appear to think, act and speak with unity, are blamed and attacked.  Given the childlike conduct of many leaders,  America is at a low point in diversity appreciation and human relations building.

No other President of the United States has suffered as many attacks as President Obama, whose birthright and character has been attacked.  African-American young people are slaughtered for simply walking away from a police officer. The divide can also be seen in the black community among black people.

Many blacks turn against each other rather than towards each other.  Too many blacks believe that it is not as important when a black kills a black as compared to when a white kills a black. Killing is killing regardless who does the killing.  In the wilds of the jungle, to attack one of its own can be deadly, but not so in far too many of our communities.  In looking at the causes of the divide, there is enough blame to go around.