The topic Tuesday morning at a long table smack dab in the center of the Southeast Boulevard McDonald’s in Clinton was a heavy and important one, as J.T. Faison, Roger Herring and a few of their friends shared their views on what they said was the biggest issue on their minds — racism.
“It’s everywhere,” Faison stressed, “and it’s sad to say that, but it’s true. I thought our kids wouldn’t have to go through the things we did, but sure enough racism is everywhere, not just here in our community, but everywhere.”
There is, Herring chimed in, a big divide. “I thought there would come a time when people would grow up and learn to live and work together, but it’s just not happening. It just makes no sense. We should all behave the way we see little kids doing. When they are young, you see kids playing together all the time. It don’t matter to them what color anyone is, but that changes as soon as adults start putting their two cents in, telling those little kids it’s wrong to socialize together.”
Herring and Faison are middle-aged black men who say they try to mind their own business, live their lives as they think they should and treat other people with respect. They want the same in return.
“Look, I don’t see color,” Faison attested. “None of us should. We all bleed the same red, we all serve the same God. If you treat me right, I’m gonna do the same. But you look at what goes on, the attitudes people have. So many look down on folks because of their color. It just ain’t right.”
Both men believe that it’s time people from all walks of life and all races pull together, looking at what’s on the inside. “It’s the only way we are going to make this place better, and it’s in everybody’s best interest for this world to be a better place,” Herring stressed.
“All of us got to live together,” Faison interjected. “Wouldn’t it be better if we could get along and really respect each other if not like each other?”
Herring said to get a blessing one first had to be a blessing.
“I always say that until people stand up in the morning, look in the mirror and say ‘what can I do to make the world a better place,’ nothing will change. We all have to take responsibility for ourselves and the way we behave to other people. You can’t expect to get respect if you don’t give respect. That’s true no matter what your skin color happens to be.”
Join Sampson Independent Publisher Sherry Matthews Tuesday morning, May 16, at the McDonald’s at Sampson Crossing for breakfast and some one-on-one discussion about the issues troubling you in our community, state, nation and world. One lucky person will even win a breakfast sandwich courtesy of McDonald’s.