BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC)- The President of the Jefferson County Commission is going on record, saying that blacks and whites need to get along to help the county move forward.
"Despite the progress of the last 50 years, too many whites still yearn for the passivity of the 1950s, too many blacks still yearn for the confrontations of the 1960s," said Jefferson County Commission President David Carrington, speaking to the Birmingham's Kiwanis club on Tuesday.
Carrington says whites and blacks do not trust each other enough to sit down and share their worlds. He believes that is holding the county back.
FOX6 News asked Carrington ‘how should the dialogue begin?"
"You gotta start one at a time," said Carrington. "If you talk at them, you're not very productive."
Commissioner Sandra Little Brown also attended the luncheon. She agrees with her colleague, saying blacks and whites must put aside racial differences and work together.