Jenni Dunlap co-authored an op-ed in The Post and Courier on the third anniversary of the tragic shooting of nine worshippers at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. Jenni serves on the YWCA of Greater Charleston's board of directors, and she and YWCA Executive Director LaVanda Brown wrote the op-ed together.
"In the weeks following the Mother Emanuel shootings, the world praised our community for coming together," Jenni and LaVanda wrote. "There is no doubt that a beautiful moment of healing occurred as thousands of us marched across the Ravenel Bridge, hand in hand, singing and grieving. But three years later, we must acknowledge that walking across the bridge was just a small step in addressing racism — not the end of the journey."
"Today, we all should be asking ourselves, 'What can I do next?'" they continued. "The Mother Emanuel tragedy highlighted the racial issues that continue to exist in a city so often praised for its gentility. With the passing of each anniversary, we simply cannot let those issues remain unaddressed. As we move forward, we need to challenge ourselves to get to the root cause of racism and ask, 'What can I do about it?'"
Jenni and LaVanda then offered suggestions for how people can better educate themselves about racism and take steps to address it.
You can read their op-ed here. The Post and Courier is the Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper in Charleston.