Lip service on inequality isn’t enough. Corporations must stop perpetuating poverty.

Lip service on inequality falls short

While the empathetic messages from many business leaders, such as senior execs from Target, Amazon and Walmart, on the issues of racial injustice are a good first step, the outcome must be more than press releases.

These companies often perpetuate cycles of poverty and inequality with low-wage, dead-end hourly jobs that disproportionately hold minorities back. If these companies had programs to promote minority hourly workers to management roles and paid for child care and higher education expenses for these workers, they would be putting their words into action.

Otherwise, their messages are just lip service that doesn’t change anything. Shareholders too need to give companies the latitude to invest in programs like these. The dividends paid back to society would be far larger than a dividend to a shareholder.

Sucharita Kodali, Charlotte

Sucharita Kodali
Sucharita Kodali

This time Sharpton’s message hit home

I have never been a fan of the Rev. Al Sharpton, ever since he defended Tawana Brawley, accusing several white men of raping her which proved to be a total fabrication. Then, Sharpton, along with the Jesse Jackson, accused Duke Lacrosse players of raping a black stripper, which also proved untrue. Sharpton never apologized.

However, his sermon Thursday about George Floyd’s death hit home with me: This is not the time to be quiet but the time to demand equal justice for both black and white Americans.. All men have been declared to be equal under our constitutional laws and so it should be.

Barry Marshall, Charlotte

I want more than re-election rhetoric

Charlotte deserves leaders willing to ask the tough questions. Charlotte deserves better than the way of violence and vandalism that has occurred in our beloved uptown.

Clearly there is a need to further address the diseases of racism and police brutality our nation still faces. Charlotte leaders claim our community is progressive and forward-thinking, yet I haven’t heard one of them ask what medicine they can prescribe to help cure these illnesses once and for all. Until Charlotte leaders begin to ask these questions, I fear our community will continue to bleed.

Charlotte deserves leaders who’ll bring concrete results to the table, not just typical re-election rhetoric.

Mac Godley, Charlotte

Adams addressed uncomfortable truths

Thank you, Rep. Alma Adams, for your eloquent admonition. (June 4 Opinion) If we avoid the truth to stay comfortable, if we live with eyes wide shut, we are “shocked” when they are opened. They should have been opened many years ago — in my lifetime starting with the murders of Emmett Till, Medgar Evers and the vicious dogs of Bull Connor that Trump would sic once again on protesters. There is no excuse for being shocked at the demonization and scapegoating of African Americans. The shock, the disgrace, is that we, as a country, have let it go on and on and then plead ignorance.

Eileen Roth Paroff, Charlotte

All I hear is silence from our DC reps

President Trump’s action on Monday furthered the division in our country. The White House — “The People’s House” — distanced itself by extending the perimeter to keep citizens farther away. This image reflects the president’s policy of exclusion.

The voices of dissent by Gen. James Mattis and Sen. Lisa Murkowski define leadership. If our elected representatives in D.C. continue to be silent on these challenges to our core values, they’ll define themselves. Voters continue to listen and watch. Our voices can be heard now, and in November. Our children and grandchildren will study what you did or didn’t do.

Dennis Lazarus, Charlotte

Both sides must compromise on RNC

Laura Reich
Laura Reich

During the 2016 primary season Jeb Bush told us that if elected Donald Trump would be the “chaos president.“ He was correct. Recently Trump sent out a tweet that said he wants a “full convention“ in Charlotte. With an ongoing pandemic I think it’s safe to say our city was trying to decide the best way to have a convention while keeping people from getting sick. It has now turned political, as each side has gone into its corner. It didn’t have to be this way. This is not a political issue, it is a public health issue. There is no reason there cannot be a compromise to make this happen safely. The question is, are both sides willing to compromise?

Laura Reich, Matthews

I see hypocrisy on the GOP’s part

A May 29 Forum writer suggested the potential revenue from the Republican National Convention is more important than the health of N.C. citizens. Where was the writer and Republicans when Dan Bishop’s bigoted “bathroom bill” cost the state an estimated $3.7 billion in lost revenue and made it the laughing stock of the nation?

Earl Steffen, Charlotte

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