America has not been this divided since the height of the Vietnam War way back in the early 1970s. President Trump was blasted for his comments on the unbelievable incident that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia a couple of weeks ago.

America has not been this divided since the height of the Vietnam War way back in the early 1970s. President Trump was blasted for his comments on the unbelievable incident that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia a couple of weeks ago.

The mass media failed, or deliberately declined, to report that the President denounced the actions of Neo-Nazism and the white supremacist groups that rallied in defense of some Confederate statues in that city. However, he also commented that it took two sides to have a fight and even some of the so-called peaceful protestors didn't exactly turn the other cheek when the violence broke out. That's what got most reporter's attention.

I want to go on record right here stating that I detest everything these hate groups support. I find it sickening to see Americans carrying flags bearing swastikas, a true symbol of horror to the entire free world. Hundreds of thousands of Americans – black and white, male and female – died to exterminate the spread of the dreaded disease of hatred that Adolph Hitler wanted to spew into the rest of the world.

At the same time, I also hate to see peaceful demonstrations deteriorate into full blown riots and just another excuse for violence.

Of course, African-Americans find statues of men that supported slavery offensive, especially those on government-owned land and property. The Confederate flag also can be interpreted as a symbol of hate to a race of people. On the other hand, the freedom that those soldiers I talked about above, also died for people to express their feelings whether we like those opinions or not.

Way back in 1967 singer-songwriter Stephen Stills wrote a song that became somewhat of a rallying protest song of the youth of the day. It is called “For What It's Worth.” A couple of lines from Stills' lyrics go like this: “There's battle line lines being drawn; nobody's right if everybody's wrong.”

I truly believe that it is Biblical to say that anything that is not born out of love is wrong. Whatever creates an air of hatred or discourse is of absolutely no value. Therefore, the situation that we have right now is, everybody's wrong.

One side has become so defensive and easily offended that it appears that almost everything is painted as gesture of racism. ESPN recently assigned an announcer from a game in the Deep South because his name was Robert Lee. This Robert Lee was of oriental decent. An Arkansas school will not allow its band to perform “Dixie” at any of the school's sporting events or other functions.

I find it almost impossible to believe that a person cannot be moved listening to Elvis' rendition of “American Trilogy," which includes “Dixie” in the medley. It reminds of a time of much pain and sorrow in our great country.

It is of my opinion that if a man's name, a song, or a statue for that matter conjures up hate we've got a real serious problem on our hands in this country.

“...I think if you ask most black people to be honest, they haven't thought a day in their life about those stupid statues. We need to worry about getting our education, we need to stop killing each other, we need to try and find a way to have more economic and things like that. Those things are important and significant.” – Charles Barkley.

If we truly love one another we need to put aside our petty differences. We should be willing to say goodbye to statues of Jefferson Davis and Nathan Bedford Forrest on government property. There are proper places where monuments stand for the brave and that is in the hallowed grounds of the cemetery.

We should not go on hating as the result of a war that was fought more than 150 years ago. We are many generations removed from slavery and those that owned human beings as if they were some type of real estate property.

We cannot rewrite our history no matter what we do. I do know that this country survived those darkest hours when fathers fought against sons and brothers against brothers. We will survive this crisis also.

It was a war that should never have had to have been fought because no human should have ever been a slave to another men. Let's come together in love right now before it is truly everlastingly too late.