NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - The grand jury decisions in the Eric Garner death and the Michael Brown shooting are raising important questions concerning racial tensions in America. Leaders of the Nacogdoches churches, Zion Hill Baptist Church and Austin Heights Baptist Church came together on Sunday.
Pastor Donald Lacey and Reverend Kyle Childress met to discuss racism.
"Racism is alive and well but it has just taken different forms," said Childress.
"It took the unjustified death of a young man to bring racism to the forefront," said Lacey.
Lacey is talking about Michael Brown. Brown, an 18-year-old black man,was fatally shot by 28-year-old Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer. The shooting has resulted in protests across the nation.
Childress was invited by Lacey to give a sermon at the Zion Hill Baptist Church about the heated topic. Lacey said as leaders of the community, it's their job to set positive examples.
"We can make a difference. We just have to work together," Lacey said.
Both men said the nation needs to come together and the abuse of power needs to stop.
"It's a tragedy what happened in Ferguson and Staten Island," Childress said. "People are dead over cigarettes and cigars. I wish there had been a trial before a jury."
"People aren't being treated equal and there is an abuse of power," Lacey said.
The churches will continue to work with one another in the upcoming months.