What have we really become in the United States of America?

The leader of our free world appears to not believe his derogatory and demeaning language produces hate. Hateful words produce hate, which often leads to hate crimes. Hate language transforms the mind to think that superiority and supremacy are acceptable in a land built on the hope of equality.

I never thought in my lifetime that I would see so much division and hate from the White House leadership, which is having a trickle-down effect to our states and citizens.

Sebring, Florida; Gilroy, California; El Paso, Texas; and Dayton, Ohio have become the definition of hate crimes. We have war zones on the land our forefathers swore to protect while offering freedom and liberty. America is hurting after several mass shootings resulted in fatalities. Our great country is in pain and it seems to fall on deaf ears on Capitol Hill.

Words have both positive and negative power. These last days of 2019 can cause you to wonder about the legacy of your language. We are heading into 2020 where the power of our words have the ability to transform our nation. It is important for us to love all, not hate all, in our words and deeds.

What we say is important.

DR. SHANDALE TERRELL | Lakeland

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