To the Editor:

The expression “United we stand, divided we fall” can be traced back to the sixth century. Its intent is to express a unity of purpose; we have learned in unity there is strength, that together we can achieve greater success than we can alone, synergy at work.

With the election behind us, a new year ahead, we have a window of opportunity to bring our country together, fulfilling the first part of this ancient, inspiring slogan, “United we stand.”

We can start through reconciliation and sharing values instead of opinions that often lead to division.

An article in “The Tennessean” (July 28, 2020), listed the following ways to unite a divided country that is in societal and political turmoil:

• Careful selection of representatives that commit to non-partisanship.

• Show respect for others.

• Empathize with others.

• Share your beliefs, pursue what can be agreed on, reach consensus.

• Seek peace, support each other, remembering that it is not wrong to do what is right.

Conversely, what should we avoid doing? Noted conservative journalist David French, in his book, “Divided We Fall,” points out those dangers as we travel down the road to a unity of purpose. Simply stated, we must work in a spirit of cooperation or expect a continuation of society’s decline.

Mahatma Gandhi’s simple but profound philosophy for each of us is found in his statement, “Recognize the good in people and help them grow.”

You and I can promote democracy by being part of the answer, not part of the problem; we have a choice.

Earle Everett

Moss Creek

To the Editor:

I am currently reading “Caste” by Isabel Wilkerson. The book deals primarily with the caste system in America as well as several other countries.

The caste system in our country is more commonly known as “race.” As Wilkerson states, “Caste is the bones, race the skin.”

The injustices that have been done to people of color are appalling and horrifying.

The decision by Hilton Head Plantation not to remove the word “plantation” and rename their community is a great injustice to the Gullah Geechee culture on Hilton Head Island, and to all people of color.

I hope that the residents of Hilton Head Plantation will reassess their decision and not perpetuate such a shameful part of our history.

Nancy Lerner