Last updated: August 22. 2014 2:45PM - 420 Views
By Rose Nolen Contributing Columnist

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“It all adds up.”

I’ve heard that phrase, over and over again on television, spoken by people in Ferguson, Mo. since the young Mr. Brown was murdered there about 10 days go. Come to think about it, I think I’ve heard it all of my life.

People who don’t talk to young black men and women often, don’t understand what they are talking about, don’t understand what they are saying. What they are saying to older people is, that you keep saying the same old thing, but nothing ever changes.

The thing is, you have to learn to talk to people with respect. If you want people to respect you, you have to treat them respectfully. You have to behave in a respectful manner.

Most of us did not grow up speaking to strangers as if they are people who tend our gardens. Most strangers are not people who mind our dogs. They do not wish to be treated that way. They want to be treated politely, and with respect.

Most Americans are taxpayers. It is not up to us to decide how we treat people, if we want to be respected, then we need to treat people respectfully. It works both ways. Probably you will be treated exactly like you treat others.

For a long time, many white people assumed they were the cream of the American crop. With the passage of the Civil Rights bill we Americans have determined there is no superior race. We are all equal to each other. In other words, one American is just as good as another American. There is no cream of the crop.

Cities are made up of human beings. They are all equal to each other. We can all feel equal to each other. We can all feel good about ourselves but when we are pitted against each other we come out as equals. In our system of government, we all have one vote. No vote weighs or measures more than the others.

The time has passed when one group pf Americans can dominate another group. Under our system we have agreed that we all have equal rights. Some of us forget the kind of government we have when we are alone.

When we turn on our television and watch the people from Ferguson try to hammer out their rights, let us be glad we live in America, and still have the right to honor that process.

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