This is why.

Drew Patterson, Columnist

An exploration of the reasons behind racial tension in America

Why is there such heated racial tension in our country right now? There is not a clear answer. But what I can tell you is that all of the events that have taken place this year are not right.

As a human being, you should not kill a member of your race.

When I say “race,” I am not talking about black, white or Asian. I am talking about the human race, the race that you and I are a part of.

As a human, you should feel some type of empathy or sympathy when a member of our human race slays another.

According to The Washington Post, 465 people were shot and killed by police in the first six months of 2015. The number for the first six months in 2016 is 491.

Recent deaths involving Alton Sterling, Philando Castille, Terrence Crutcher and now Keith Scott are still igniting the fuel of racial divide.

In the media, it seems people are more upset about Colin Kaepernick and other NFL players kneeling during the national anthem than black people unjustly dying in the streets.

This is why there is racial divisiveness and tension.

As an African-American male at a private school, I have a front-row seat to things that many people at Samford do not see.

The path I take is a tougher path than the average Samford student because I am black.
I am privileged to be at Samford in a well-secured place where racism is minimal around campus, but I have to watch my attitude when people attempt to anger me.

I have to do far better in academics to be considered adequate. If I don’t, I am branded with a reputation other students don’t risk earning.

This is why there is racial divisiveness and tension.

We as humans need to sit and talk with each other, ask questions when we do not know the answer.

Instead of criticizing and blaming others, we need to get all the details and talk about the issues.

My message to you, Samford, is to consider the life of your black friends on campus. Be considerate and treat them like they matter to the human race.

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