Jennifer Berry Hawes wrote in the June 12 Post and Courier that there is no lasting unity in South Carolina after the Emanuel tragedy. She referred to a poll of 800 adults conducted by the University of South Carolina’s Institute for Public Service and Policy Research.

The poll represents an evaluation, not facts, in that 800 people out of the state’s population of 4,773,684 are not conclusive. The purpose of the poll is to make news.

I have seen a change in the people I see regularly. They are shocked, hurt, recovering. They are reaching out.

We have a chance at a new beginning. Remember our unity at the Ravenel Bridge? There were almost too many people to count. The evil of what happened at Mother Emanuel and the death of Walter Scott spears South Carolina residents right in the heart. No one has been immune. The evil, senseless deaths of innocents makes us mourn and challenges our spirit, but it will not affect our core of humanity.

We can build upon the grief. We are destined to relate to each other. Walls will fall if we want them to fall. Upon our mourning, let us build our unity against evil.

Sunday, June 12, was a Day of Unity at Joe Riley Stadium, the first of many unity celebrations to come. Hundreds of people of various colors joined hands to celebrate their connection to each other after the Charleston RiverDogs baseball game. Attending were Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg and his wife, RiverDogs president and general manager Dave Echols and a crowd of hundreds. The musicians of Unity Bridge played their dynamite anthem for the crowd, and it was great.

There is hope for us all, if we see the humanity of the person next to us. Stay with it.

Douglas Cunningham

Basswood Avenue