A free world friend let me in on how some tense conversations about America’s race relations turn brutally ugly on social media very quickly. It saddens me, because in the quest for candid discussions, it should stay objective and informative. Not personal to the degree that the discussion turns ugly… I promise you that vile diatribes about race in the town square (or social media) aren’t part of the American Dream. A wise mother once said, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” But saying stuff isn’t nearly as important as listening…

In my travels through prison, I have seen the most unlikeliest of friendships build between people who had taken allegiance to destroy the other at some point in their lives. Prison gangs have been founded on this misguided hatred of other races, but it damn sure doesn’t have to be the way things are. It changes in here, too! Now, if people in prison, the perception of the “worst of the worst”, can see eye to eye and forgive and embrace differences, Joe Public needs to follow suit. Wise up and treat your neighbor the way you want to be treated… and start listening to what needs are expressed when someone is explaining a cultural difference.

by Rory Andes

Get shown-up by inmates who care about race relations. I dare you.

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