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Opinion

July 10, 2014

To grow, we must understand

We’ve come a long way since the 1960s, but we have a long way to go.

It has been 50 years since the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed into law.

The nation was not an equal and fair place to live in the ’60s.

We are much farther along in how we treat each other.

The United States has an African-American president.

But we still don’t treat each other with the same basic respect every human deserves.

We still discriminate on the basis of race, gender and sexual orientation.

We need to learn to embrace our similarities and stop confronting our differences.

Politics has become increasingly disturbing.

Look at social media and you will see how we still treat each other.

Each side attacks the other on a personal basis instead of engaging in a political discussion seeking common ground.

People increasingly have the attitude that if we disagree, you must be vile.

We can’t keep going down this path.

We must learn to listen first and compromise second.

We must stop treating each other as the enemy.

United States citizens should be united in the understanding that we are all equal under the flag.

That’s the only way this nation can survive.

That’s the only way we can thrive.

Some of your best friends are from across the political aisle.

That does not make the person any less worthy than you.

The only colors that should matter in the USA are red, white and blue.

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