August 2nd changed most of our lives forever, but how did it change race relations in Rapid City?
Jesse Abernathy, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and Editor of the Native Sun News, says he thinks the tragedy on August 2nd halted any progress they city has made as a whole to improve race relations. Abernathy says this isn't a Rapid City problem, but a worldwide problem. But there can be positive change that comes from this tragedy.
"If there's any way of looking at that positively, that would be a focal point for us to start moving forward toward improving race relations in Rapid City," said Abernathy.
Rapid City Police Chief Steve Allender agrees race relations have remained unchanged since a year ago. But he says it's not a problem any one of us can fix alone.
"I don't know what the prognosis is for race relations. I wish it were different. But there's only so much I can do or so much any one citizen can do to make those things change," said Chief Allender.