ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Dozens of residents concerned about the situation in Ferguson gathered in Arlington’s Cornerstone Baptist Church at a town hall meeting Sunday where the issues and possible solutions were discussed.

The unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, is hundreds of miles away but for the Reverend Dr. Dwight McKissic the situation hits home.

“What is going on in the streets in Ferguson tonight and all the previous nights has everything to do with what happened 1,2,3 generations ago,” McKissic said.

The nationally known pastor said it’s important to remember the struggles of yesterday, and despite the riots in Ferguson remember how far the African-American community has come.

“I want to talk about restraint.  I want to talk about reconciliation and healing. I want to talk about remembering history, remembering the past,” McKissic said.

At the same time McKissic said, because of what’s happening law enforcement should be dealt with in a certain manner.

“My response got to be respectful, submissive and strategic if I want to get out of here unscathed, amen? I want to get out of here alive, amen? I want to get out of here without a record, amen?” McKissic asked the crowed.

McKissic and the crowd still hope for peace and say they are praying that those in Ferguson somehow find a way to find peace.

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