BATON ROUGE – The city of Baton Rouge is at a crossroads.
For some time now, the issue of race relations has been the elephant in the room, according to Lee Wesley. It was a problem nobody wanted to discuss. He believes recent tragic events have opened a channel for such dialogue.
Now is the time to capitalize on a positive end result, Wesley said, to help bring about unity throughout the city.
“There’s an opportunity now to have serious dialogue about how we will overcome this racial divide,” said Wesley, pastor of Community Bible Church in Baton Rouge. “Not only are we divided by race, we are divided by denomination, we are divided by economics, we are divided by geography. And Baton Rouge really is two cities, one city on the north side of Florida Boulevard, another city on the south side of Florida Boulevard. So the challenge is how do we bring those cities together and make them as one, so we will be a unified Baton Rouge.”