It is difficult to address most issues in our country today without facing the ugly history of racism.

This is especially true regarding the generational issues within the borders of our country: housing, jobs, schools, criminal justice and many more.

Although there have been many attempts at trying to find solutions that will allow us to move forward as a modern, less racial society, racism seems to have calcified, making it more difficult for us to have civil discourse and the resolve to make our country live up to its creed. We must not continue to slide into the erosion of basic human dignity.

Our conversations must start in earnest with the use of historical facts regarding the origins of this centuries-old problem of racism.

Without facts in our discussions, we will continue to stain our social fabric, leaving future generations the same baggage we are grappling with today.

Willie Williamson