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Locals react to race relations in South Carolina

Dennis Williams responds to the deadly shooting in Charleston. Dennis Williams responds to the deadly shooting in Charleston.

CHARLESTON, SC (WMBF) - The situation in Charleston has a lot of people around the city and state looking at the issues surrounding the event.

One of the issues is race relations in South Carolina.

Many folks didn't want to talk about race, related to this week's deadly shooting, but they were willing to talk about it as a bigger issue.

The consensus was South Carolina has come a long way but still has a ways to go.

WMBF News checked in with folks Friday at local businesses and public spaces to get a gauge on where the Grand Strand stands on the issue.

Many folks said there is something that needs to be addressed, but it needs to done delicately.

Some people worry the acts in Charleston are painting a picture of South Carolina that simply isn't true.

Others told WMBF News the public can't be scared of talking about these issues because they do exist.

In total, the majority agree everyone can learn a lesson from the horrific events in Charleston.

"I think this is a great opportunity, even though it was a tragedy for the state of South Carolina, the people here, to show that, ‘yeah, we do have a history here in the South, but here's a time for us to show that we can come together,'" said Dennis Williams.

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