Imagine the outrage, both locally and nationally, had 60 white teens terrorized our downtown, focusing their attack on innocent, unarmed black citizens — women included — and their neighborhoods.

Black on white hate crime does nothing to promote the healing and dialogue that followed the murder of Walter Scott in North Charleston.

In fact, acts of juvenile terrorism only promote racism and backward thinking on both sides.

However, the recent incident in Charleston can be the catalyst for a unified outreach program within black communities — through the mothers and fathers of the teens, NAACP leaders and coordinators, churches, high school teachers and Charleston’s black police officers.

Somewhere there seems to be a disconnect within these communities, which tends to promote random anger and violence. Why not create here a place for connection?

Julia Cart

Warren Street