Support for young entrepreneurs shows our common humanity
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Perhaps one of the greatest experiences of my lifetime was serving in the United States Marine Corps during the War on Terror. I thoroughly enjoyed the unity that bound my brothers and sisters in arms.
That unity was greater than our ethnicity, political preferences or socioeconomic status. We all knew that when the battle was over, we all cried the same bitter tears, shed the same red blood and carried the same broken hearts. We were Americans before anything else.
When I left the military, I thought I’d never enjoy such unity again, but I was wrong.
Each week, my family has the pleasure of assisting our sons Tyler and Brayden with their business, Tyler’s Trash Can Rollout. They have a list of clients for whom they place their trash bins by the roadside and then return them to their houses when empty.
My boys enjoy a diverse clientele. Their clients are old and young. Some are elected officials and others are active citizens. Some clients are retired and others are entrepreneurs. Some of their clients come from European descent, Hispanic descent and African descent. However, one thing all of his clients have in common is the love and respect that they show my children.
For Christmas, my heart overflowed with joy when my children came home with gifts from Tyler’s and Brayden’s clientele. These ladies and gentlemen seemingly have adopted my children as their own grandchildren. One of my son’s clients even tipped him enough money to pay several years’ wages.
I say all that to say thank you, ladies and gentlemen, for remembering that we are all human beings and for treating my sons and daughter like your own children. I don’t need to tell you that we are in a time when that type of news doesn’t support the lies promoted by those who want to divide us by race, gender and party lines.
However, the love you show will always overcome the lies they promote. Thank you for being a healing agent in our nation, and I will follow your example in our state’s capital.
The writer is pastor of Bethel Baptist Church and a candidate in the Republican primary for N.C. House District 24.
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