LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The lost society

We reside in a society constructed of a multitude of people in all shapes, sizes, colors, attitudes, dispositions, intellectual measures, moral caliber, mental capabilities, levels of financial status, etc.

Recall the popular aphorism “It takes all types to make the world go around” which adds credence to the reality that no one should be disregarded for being “different.” “Different” which also entails, amongst other things, persons that have made less than stellar life choices for one reason or another and hence, been removed from society to atone for such. They’re our lost society.

Technically, they’re not lost because we know where they are physically: James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, Sussex Correctional Institution, Howard R. Young Correctional Institution, and Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution.

Lost, however, in terms of those who believe they don’t deserve the most basic of human rights, who bully, ridicule and goad them for recreation or are blind to the the notion that rehabilitation of (some) of this ‘different’ population is not only possible, but mutually rewarding.

Being “different” —- no matter where one is — makes him/her no less of a man or woman. “There but by the grace of God go I.”

Dianne Scott


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