Cohesion not division

  • Friday, May 30, 2014

To the Editor:

The writer of an editorial ďShame on usĒ in the May 23 edition of the Georgetown Times took the opportunity to bash the white community of Georgetown because there were no white citizens in attendance at a prayer vigil held at Bethel AME Church and sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Mu Phi Omega Chapter.

This prayer vigil was for the 200 plus girls kidnapped from a boarding school in Nigeria. The insinuation that the white community didnít care about these little girls because they didnít attend a prayer vigil held by a soroity is offensive and judgemental.

Not all of the black community attended because I assure you there are more than 200 black citizens in Georgetown County. There was no mention of them not attending.

The article asked the question if a prayer vigil would ensure the safe return of these children and continued to answer as probably not.

As a Christian, I believe prayer does work. I have prayed for them from the onset of reading of their kidnapping and I continue to pray for their safe return to parents.

Friends have shared with me that their churches have been praying also. Iím glad to see the black community become involved in causes of this kind. As a Southern Baptist, our churches have been fighting slave trafficking for a while.

This is not objective journalism and I expect more from you. Iím one of those trying to hold on to the hard copy of newspapers and am an avid reader of many newspapers. If this continues, the demise of the Georgetown Times will be a certain

While my husband was a pastor in Georgetown for over 22 years we had a good relationship with the black community. Our church, Cornerstone Baptist held joint services and at the invitation of Bishop John Smith we worshipped at his church with Cornerstoneís choir in their choir loft and Rev. Pope delivered the sermon.

We reciprocated with Bibleway Church choir in our choir loft and Bishop Smith delivered the sermon. It saddens me to think of the damage this editorial could do to relationships in Georgetown.

Hopefully, this editorial hasnít opened a can of worms and divides the community. If so, the topic would be up for debate of why a meeting was held at the Arnette AME and Hopewell Baptist churches so blacks could discuss their concerns with representatives of the US Dept. of Education.

Was this meeting advertised so the white community could defend themselves because the article describes their concerns about the number of white teachers at the Pleasant Hill Elementary School.

With separation of church and state why wasnít this meeting held at a neutral location instead of a black church? The renovation of Howard Gym and other causes could warrant a second look.

Letís work to bring the community together and not cause any more division.

Mary L. Pope


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