The justice that will be served on Walt Butler is small comfort to the wonderful Gant family whom we all have come to know and love and more. I think it sends a message that discrimination will not be tolerated under any circumstances and that we no longer live in the bygone era that used to tolerate such behavior. The Gant family will cling to the love and memory they have with Everett and go on with their lives trying to repair the damage and loss inflicted by Butler. Butler, who shows no remorse for taking the life of an innocent man, will be removed from our community and live the lifestyle deserving of people like him.
Only an ignorant person will think they are better than another person regardless of their color or religion. This disgraceful thinking casts a dark shadow over all humanity and tears at the very fabric of our morals. It is our responsibility to educate our children and families to respect other people regardless of their color and to treat them as you would want them to treat you.
I hope the Gant family realizes that this community has spoken proving it does not condone discrimination and that the very few that do discriminate do not represent us.
God Bless Everett Gant and his Family
Port St. Joe