A Better Mid-South: Accept the challenge

A Better Mid-South: Accept the challenge

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Editorial by Tracey Rogers, Vice President and General Manager of WMC Action News 5:

Right now, our country is dealing with a lot of anxiety, fear, uncertainty, anger, and sadness.

Our neighbors in Baton Rouge are hurting. In an interview on WAFB, our Raycom Media sister station, former Baton Rouge Police Chief Jeff LeDuff offered this challenge.

"This is what I want Baton Rouge to do today. I want every person in Baton Rouge to find somebody who's different, to look like you and I," Chief LeDuff said. "I'm a 60-year-old man, you're a 40-year-old man. I'm black, you're white. Go find somebody that looks different than you and you extend your hand and you say, my name is such-and-such. This is what I like. What do you like? And when you get beyond that color you're going to find out that we're not that far apart."

Chief LeDuff is right. He's challenging the people of Baton Rouge, but that challenge applies everywhere.

Find someone who is different. Shake their hand. Will you accept the challenge?

To get beyond the color. To find out what unites, not what divides. I challenge you to do that today, tomorrow, every day and use this as an opportunity to make this A Better Mid-South.

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