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STATON: It’s a difficult time for everyone

One thing is for sure: this week has been eventful.

I found this quote from Dean William Ralph Inge that portrays how I feel right now: “Hatred toward any human being cannot exist in the same heart as love to God.”

I don’t know how hate can exist if you love God. I can honestly say I have never hated anyone. Granted, I have been very hurt by some people, but I have never hated.

America seems to have forgotten there is a pandemic going on and started a more destructive pandemic.

People have the right to protest, but please do not destroy property of innocent people.

The most impressive thing I saw this week was George Floyd’s brother, who was asking for peaceful protests. He of all people has been hurt by the death of his brother. George Floyd’s death happened from the ruthlessness of a policeman.

Another thing I heard was a lady on TV giving advice to her black friends and brothers. It is great advice for anyone. She told them if you are stopped by the police, do what they ask you to do and be respectful.

My mouth was agape as I watched  in disbelief this week rioters destroying cities in the U.S.

What good is this destructive behavior going to be for anyone? Why harm innocent people who have worked so hard to have their businesses?

These same business owners have just gone through a horrible loss with the coronavirus pandemic since they have not been allowed to be open, and now this is another slap in the face. They had nothing to do with the death of any of the people that others are rioting over.

What good is it to destroy police cars? There are a few policemen who are bad cops, and I do hope the bad cops are weeded out. Most policemen care about the world around them, and they put their lives in danger every day.

I worry that policemen are not going to get the respect they deserve. I know after witnessing the happenings this month, some policemen, whether black or white, were tossing and turning all night.

Someone said it was all caused by white people more than about 150years ago. What happened 150 years ago was not caused by any American today. They do not need to have to pay for what slave owners did 150 years ago. Most Americans today wish there had never been slaves.

What is the bad behavior teaching our young people. I fear it teaches them not to have respect for the police in a lot of cases. I think it may teach black children to hate whites.

This past week of protests can do more harm than good. Most people are outraged at what happened to George Floyd. Let the due process of law happen.

Lexington has shown that you can have protests in an orderly fashion.

It was once said, “For every minute you are angry you lose 60 seconds of happiness.”

For some people, this week was a good one. For those who were able to be let out of the hospital from suffering from the coronavirus, it may seem like the best of time.

For those who had a newborn baby, I have to believe that they may have wondered what kind of world have we brought our child into? Will it be better or worse than it has been?

If the world does not get better morally and have love in their hearts for each other, it is going to be worse. I am praying that love and justice both win, and it is definitely going to be better.

Remember the song, “Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight.” All lives matter!

Sue Staton is a Clark County native. She is a wife, mother and grandmother who is active in her church, First United Methodist Church, and her homemakers group, Towne and Country Homemakers.