“It was like a scene from a fraternity. There were pizza boxes strewn all over like something out of the Animal House movie.” That’s how someone who was in the room described the actions of a group of elected officials. They were hoping to give attention to a point of view, but it was a bad example to kids.
We’re at a moment in history where something’s gotta give! There are stories of students ‘pissing’ on others at a high school football game. How do we help them move past such hurtful acts? On a broader level, how do we get past a stalemate in doing the work needed by putting country over partisanship?
Those questions require a root-cause analysis of where we are. In one sense we’re dealing with some officials who’d rather news-cycle gimmicks that real work ethic. How else can those actions be explained when the elected officials who should know better, treated a secure facility like a schoolyard playground.
There are two public project releases that might help us get through the stalemate. One is the book by an anonymous author in the current administration. It’s expected to be a warning about the kinds of detrimental decisions and actions taken by government officials. The other is the Harriet Tubman movie.
Tubman’s legacy shines a light on the Underground Railroad, which was responsible for providing passage to freedom for hundreds of slaves. ‘Anonymous’ as the author is being known, may give us their own ‘underground’ look at some of the reasons behind certain actions taken over the past few years.
If we’re going to get past the stalemate as existed during Tubman’s days and in these current times it might take an education approach that W.E.B. Dubois spoke about in the past. He felt then that if Democracy was going to survive, we must stop encouraging ignorance. Well if our partisan stalemate is going to break, we must stop encouraging ignorance.
History also shows that to move forward it takes civic engagement. That was an important part of the various movements that brought change. Whether it was the abolition movement then or the civil rights movement of the recent past, citizens who’re fed up are the ones who find ways to rise-up to new glory.
Society can also rise-up in enterprise. That’s what we saw after the Great Depression and after World Wars. There was an Industrial Revolution creating a surge in enterprise. After the Civil War there was a boom in civic engagement and business start-ups. Today it seems we’re in a culture war so how can we move past the stalemate?
Maybe the Harriet movie will remind us of how social, political and economic empowerment can help release untapped potential. Maybe the ‘Anonymous’ author will open our eyes to what’s at stake. We will need a ‘bigger than self’ mindset to taking actions that are less about news-cycle gimmicks or ego-gratification. We must be guided by a sense of duty to the Constitution and real truth-emancipation.
Tracks: Andra Day – Rise Up – https://youtu.be/lwgr_IMeEgA
Common, John Legend – Glory – https://youtu.be/HUZOKvYcx_o