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FACES OF FEBRUARY: Rischard Brown

February 21, 2019
Rischard Brown is a senior at Francis Marion University who is studying psychology.

FLORENCE, S.C. – Rischard Brown is a senior at Francis Marion University who is studying psychology.

Here are some of the thoughts he shared:

“Being an African-American is something you should cherish, but I do see the older I get, the more I see my generation cherishes it, but they do not understand the meaning of it. They understand what we as a culture have been through, but I don’t think we truly appreciate the freedom that we have. If you don’t get something you feel like you do deserve, you take it back to being about color, about race. You don’t understand that freedom comes with a cost that not everyone may see. You may not get that job, but you’re still free in many different avenues to go higher. …

“With Black History Month, we shouldn’t forget the past, but history does repeat itself, and we don’t want what was done in the past to repeat itself, and I think that we are in a new millennium where that is happening, and that’s the scary thing. …

“I think that it (being an African-American) means opportunity to show your worth, to show what you can do, and to show what you believe in besides it just being about color. To show the world through your perspective what matters to you.”