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So how does a solution arise from such a heated issue? Bruce Gordon, a former NAACP president and current CBS board member, says it will come from working together. "The solution is not to blame," Bruce says. "The solution is to collaborate and find the answer together."

Above all, Common says, a solution will emerge once everyone acknowledges the need for change. "We want to change this world and it starts with us. The way we think, the way we speak, the way we act towards ourselves and towards others, because when we've got that love for ourselves, we're going to look at each other no matter what color, no matter what gender, no matter what mistakes the other person made and say, 'I love you,'" Common says. "We want change for this world. And it starts with our hearts."
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FROM: After Imus: The Hip-Hop Community Responds
Published on July 13, 2009

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