Public forum sponsored by the Frederick County Human Relations Commission.
Racial discrimination was the topic of discussion Tuesday night, during a public forum, sponsored by the Frederick County Human Relations Commission. A panel of speakers were asked if racism exist in Frederick City and County. "We continue to talk about change, but what are we doing to put changes in effect, nothing," said Kavonte Duckett, the recipient of the Black Frederick.Com Rising Star Award. "We need more people like Dr. King and Malcolm X, to come in and say...look this is how things need to be done," continued the Tuscarora High School graduate.
"We looking for the next Dr. King and he ain't coming," said Rev. Dr. Derek Shackelford. "What happens is there are people in leadership position in our community who are afraid to speak because they've gotten comfortable," continued Shackelford.
A diverse panel, which included various members of the community answered questions and provided information based on the laws, rules of procedure and life's experiences. "I can speak for me. I have been pulled over numerous times just because of the type of cars I drive," said Rev. Shackelford.
The Trayvon Martin case, as well as many other incidents, have sparked a huge response from communities throughout the United States.