The Trial Lawyer Fall 2017 - Page 10

FROMTHEPRESIDENT Chris Searcy • President Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley PA • West Palm Beach, Florida It is generally accepted that diversity has made our nation stronger, not weaker. We are, after all, a nation made up mostly of immigrants and their descendants. Today we are faced with a choice: we must unite and stand against hatred and racism, or divide the nation based on fear, suspicion and intolerance. While the choice appears to be easy, coming together to solve the issue of racism, fear and hate is a goal that has eluded our nation so far. However, that doesn’t mean we should give up, and that racial harmony and goodwill toward one another isn’t worth striving toward. Indeed, it is the only path worth pursuing. In our cover story for this issue, The Trial Lawyer is looking at the fallout from President Donald Trump’s conflicting comments about the white supremacists’ protests in Charlottesville, and whether the president is leading or dividing the nation along racial lines. Race relations is a difficult subject that has resisted satisfactory solutions 8 x The Trial Lawyer for centuries, but we must continue to search for common ground if our nation is to reach its greatest potential. Charlottesville may be a flashpoint for America’s race relations, as well as for the Trump administration. Donald Trump’s failure to single out white supremacists for blame revealed a lot about him, and what it — NTL MEMBERSHIP NEWS & NOTES — revealed isn’t good. The president’s willingness to defend the indefensible actions taken by neo- Nazis, Ku Klux Klansmen and other similar hate groups seems to show he’s not above pandering to the people who helped put him in office, regardless of their actions. A statesman would have sought to unite and heal the deep wounds of Charlottesville, and search for