NORTH CHARLESTON, SC – Earlier tonight a panel discussion was held at North Charleston City all on bridging the racial gap.
Panelists decided strong family values and education are needed to bridge the gap.
The diverse panelists are raising awareness about issues facing minority communities and highlighting solutions to empower and strengthen those people right here in South Carolina.
“So in brainstorming we came up with the idea to weigh in,” said Star Parker, who is the founder and president of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education.
Monday night Parker explained some of the reasons she believes there is a racial divide in America.
At one point Parker was discussing the percentage of African Americans in federal prisons and said, “These youth are not in jail because of drugs. Overwhelmingly they’re in jail because they are doing violent offenses to their community and they’re doing offenses to the community because their dad is not there and this is a question we must address.”
Panelists included South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson, S.C. State Rep. Peter McCoy, S.C. State Rep. Samuel Rivers, Jr., Pastor Mike Gonzalez , Star Parker of CURE, and S.C. Republican Party Chairman Matt Moore.
Rep. Rivers said, “Stop the wise stop putting one race against another.”
Rivers moderated the event and opened up an honest discussion about race and ways to bridge the gap, both socially and politically.
“The Republican people need to start talking to people in the African American community, not just during the election cycle,” said South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson. Wilson, who is a Republican, also said democrats need to stop taking the minority vote for granted.
“I think a lot of the things that I stand for and that other people on this panel stand for are other types of policies that empower families and I think that’s good for the African American community. It’s certainly good for any other community,” said Wilson.
Many said in order to bridge the racial gap and to make real change in minority communities; it starts at home and in the classroom.
Rep. McCoy told News 2, “We talked about educational issues here today and we talked about family issues here, which are all very important. A lot of issues we talked about today I don’t think can be fixed with necessarily legislation or policies. It comes back to putting an emphasis on the regular education of our children and putting an emphasis on the family structure.”
The panel also wanted to talk about the issues for minorities in the upcoming election.
Panel members also discussed economic empowerment and workforce development.
Many panelists also encouraged people to get out and vote in this weekend’s primary.