A new resident to our community wrote a letter, “Racism still exists,” which was published in the Nov. 28 issue of the Watauga Democrat. It hurt my heart to learn that anyone would be treated in such a bigoted manner by another resident of our community. I’m not naïve to this reality, but all of us must get beyond this and let others know how hurtful words and attitudes are to fellow members of our Creators’ family.

Ernestine McKnight, as an 82-year-old white man, I sincerely apologize for the ignorance and bigotry that threatened you. I pray that this is an isolated incident and you never have to experience such an incident again in any part of our community, state or nation. Thank you for choosing our area with which to live and to enjoy relationships with all our citizens.

I wish I could talk to that person and invite him or her to our church and have that person learn that our Lord loves all his children, each one of us, whether we deserve his love or not. We have been commissioned by him to do the same and love all our neighbors.

I’m not a professional sociologist or psychologist, but it seems simple to understand that if we would try to really get to know other people that look, talk or worship differently, we would learn that we have more in common with each other than not. I am sorry and all in our community should be embarrassed!

Donald Bolster

Sugar Gove

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