Trivia: Which two former NFL player and NBA player have said they’ve still ‘got game’? (Answer below)
“It can’t get any worse than this!” That’s how some people felt upon hearing news of the tragedy in Charleston, South Carolina. As details unfolded, the alleged suspect and motive became clearer. So without mincing words Mitt Romney rocked the GOP with a statement of conscience beyond politics.
His comment on Twitter regarding taking down the confederate battle flag was a surprise in some circles. The question of whether the flag represents heritage or hate should be simple to resolve. The same is true for other similar hot topics like senseless gun violence and related matters of political stalemate.
Maybe the flag is like a scab on history. Just think about what happens with a cut on your body. Before the area fully heals there’s a scab that develops. That scab must then fall off to complete the healing process. To further heal in race relations Romney is saying the scab (the flag) has to leave the area.
Regarding senseless gun violence look no further than a few decades ago of a high rate in highway fatalities. It became such a public health/safety concern that authorities took steps to require motorists wearing seatbelts. Maybe our approach to the 2nd Amendment needs a real paradigm shift as well.
Those hot topics can be fuel for heated debates. But there’re some hot-button issues that seem to be overlooked. When the events of Charleston or Baltimore or Newtown or other recent major tragedy are considered in total you’ll find a few common threads. So our ideas have to go from ideology to solutions.
A ‘We the People,’ response needs to move beyond politics or small talk to lasting change as follows:
- Demand a ‘Purpose Curriculum’ in schools
- Reinvent an opportunity-sharing strategy in communities
- Engage an integrated plan of empowerment in social groups.
Some describe the actions of the Charleston shooter as evil. But his manifesto also shows a kid who was lost for purpose. After repeating 9th grade and dropping out of school he didn’t have a handle on his place in society. Some tragedies in other cities were carried-out by those who might have been lost for purpose.
While mental health is a factor, prejudice is not mental illness but more a mentality. Moreover, the effects of racism are usually seen in systems, structures and matters of self-sufficiency which can contribute to an opportunity gap. So income inequality is not just about the Stock Market but also the ‘Block Market.’
There are hundreds of groups that the Charleston shooter could have joined. It seems he choose to align with ‘hate group noise’ on the Internet. There’s no denying the power of social media. But the timeless context for social change and empowerment is found in squashing misinformation and spreading hope.
On Sunday, 21 yr-old Jordan Spieth took home $1.8 million for winning the U.S Open Golf. A few days earlier a judge issued a $1 million bond to keep the 21 yr-old Charleston shooter locked-up. What’s different? A sense of purpose, exposure to opportunity and empowered sense of contribution to society.
Answer: Herschel Walker and Michael Jordan
Groove-tracks: Common ft. will.i.am – “A Dream” – https://youtu.be/XBa55sDTIiA
Imagine Dragons – Dream – https://youtu.be/s-9KQJuLBgs