Letters | Race perceptions; treatment of workers; kudos for First Responders

August 15, 2013 

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Bias

Perception is the reality

when it comes to race

Let’s understand the meaning of perception. It means concept, felling awareness. When Jesse Jackson said he felt more comfortable when he saw white people walking behind him. That wasn’t being biased, racist, that was feeling. Feelings are neither wrong nor right; it’s a human condition that knows no color.

When President Obama said people lock their doors when they see a certain race approach their car, do you honestly think that they just woke up that day and said to themselves “I’m going to be biased?” People have awareness because of life experiences, not because they want to think negatively about a certain group. Do you honestly think that if another race was committing more crime, that minorities wouldn’t feel the same way? It’s a human emotion and that is reality.

Most people in the minority community know that they have more of a chance of being violated in their own community than by others. Let’s look at the O.J. verdict; most people feel he was guilty. Where was the outcry in the minority community? I didn’t see violence and destruction of property.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder knows that two members of the Black Panther party broke the law. It was on tape, standing there with clubs in their hands, intimidating voters. Holder did not hold them accountable. He had an obligation to indict them.

Now he is going to look into possible civil rights violations in the George Zimmerman case. He knows there was an extensive investigation that found no violations. So what does he do? He builds up expectations in the minority community. And he knows he has to come back to the community with the results. That will open the door for some people to act out. I’m sure Holder will not take responsibility if that happens.

This country is built on laws and the outcome can’t possibly satisfy everyone. I blame the media for their biased reporting. When NBC doctored the 911 tape in regards to what race Trayvon Martin was? They had no regard for the truth. They stirred the pot and that’s inexcusable. It’s time for honorable and reasonable people to come together.

But if you’re looking for selective justice that’s not reality. We all have an obligation to clean up our own backyards and not be selective. We can’t resolve these issues if we stand in denial. Honest people know the truth. It never goes away.

Gene Coscia

Murrells Inlet

Employment

Workers must demand

better, fairer treatment

With summer coming to a close there was something I feel I needed to address.

The majority of workers here in South Carolina and mainly in Myrtle Beach feel the anxiety about the upcoming winter. We work hard all summer, get exhausted, deal with terrible attitudes from both tourists and bosses, neglect our families then we are rewarded in the wintertime with little to no hours, no breaks, nothing.

It is time the abused beach workers stand up. I am tired of these businesses making money off of our backs, then paying us what high schoolers should make, barely more than minimum wages. These hotels and businesses that get away with no breaks, etc must be stopped. Yes, we need jobs but we are tired of being taken advantage of.

We are people with families that these big companies don't care about. We, the workers, need to start not being afraid to stand up, and demand our rights. Fair work places that care and fair breaks and lunch hours.

Hadassah Hallman

Myrtle Beach

Emergency care

First responders deserve praise

for important, dangerous work

Anyone who is first on the scene of an emergency rendering aid and care is considered a First Responder.

However, not everyone can be a professional First Responder. These people are firefighters, EMTs and police. Reality TV shows us what they do, yet we are insulated from the harsh realities by blurred images and censored audio.

Until you are in an emergency situation, you can’t truly understand the experience. I was unexpectedly a First Responder to a recent traffic fatality. I have CPR/safety training from my job and I knew what I had to do. Though I was ready, I was surprised by the sights, sounds, and rapid pace that make up an emergency response. I did what was needed and got through it.

I feel I must award high praise to all career First Responders. Despite the chaos of emergencies, they remain calm, caring and professional. From my personal experience, I’d like to recognize Myrtle Beach Law Enforcement, Fire/Rescue, EMS and 911 Operator Services for their expertise and dedication. Thank you for what you do.

Seth Cox

Myrtle Beach

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