ROCKINGHAM — Everyone who picked up a box of food from the Tabernacle Full Gospel Baptist Church We Care Food Center on Thursday got a little something extra — a blue ribbon.
Dr. T.R. Harrington said it was to show support to the police officers.
With tensions rising between communities and law enforcement agencies across the country since last week’s fatal shooting of two men by police that made national headlines — followed by the shooting of 12 officers in Dallas, Texas — Harrington said there is fear on both sides leading to the demonization of both young black men and police.
“I’m trying to make awareness that all are not that way,” he said, adding that many of those involved in similar situations not bad people, but just made bad decisions.
“What I want is to rid the fear…show we support them in spite of what’s going on,” he said.
Each ribbon was attached to a piece of paper that read: “Support our men and women in blue by displaying this blue ribbon on your car.”
“We need their support,” Harrington said. “Without police officers, we couldn’t sleep at night.”
He compared the current demonization of that to the hippies in the ’60s.
“You can’t judge a person just how they look,” he said, stressing that both sides of the current issue need a better relationship and need to “get to know each other better.”
“We can’t heal anything if we keep scratching up (the past),” Harrington said, recalling an old quote from his mother to “Let sleeping dogs lie.”
He said the country, and Richmond County, needs to use “what happened yesterday to make things better for tomorrow.”
His church isn’t the only group honoring officers.
A law enforcement breakfast was scheduled for this morning and the National Day of Prayer Committee is sponsoring a prayer vigil Sunday evening at 8 p.m. on the steps of the old courthouse.