Can America Rise Above Racism & Embrace a Higher Vision of a Common Humanity?
Much like America gave the world democracy in 1776, our experience today may well determine whether the world moves forward or backward in the all-so-human struggle for equality, dignity and peace.
Today is the first anniversary of George Floyd's murder at the hands of Minneapolis police officers.
At the Founding of America we set two goals: A democratically-run nation and equality for all citizens. We've largely put into place the democracy part over the years; now we must make the "equality" part happen.
A white man busted for passing a bad $20 wouldn't get murdered by the cops — in fact, a white person in America is safe doing pretty much everything else that Black people have been killed by cops for doing just in the past few years (playing, eating, driving, parking, sleeping, walking, standing, selling cigarettes, seeking help, etc.
).Which raises a question that's both existential and practical:
America set the example for democracy in the world; can we now set the example for racial justice and harmony?
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Hour One: Can America Rise Above Racism & Embrace a Higher Vision of a Common Humanity?
Quote: "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
" - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Article: "Declaration of Independence
". "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed
Article: "13th Amendment
", December 6, 1865. "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
Article: "14th Amendment
, July 9, 1868 (citizenship, representatives, public debt, Equal Protection Clause)
Article: "15th Amendment
", February 3, 1870 "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude
Tweet: "A billionaire, a working man, and an immigrant are all in a room with 100 cookies on the table. The billionaire takes 99 of them and then whispers to the working man, "That guy's gonna steal your cookie."
" by Jeff Pearlman
Tweet: "As Byron Allen goes head to head against Comcast who is attempting to erode the Civil Rights Act of 1866, he gives the keys to cracking the code and beating the matrix -- we have to be aware of The 4 Ds...
" (Dismiss, Discredit, Demonize, Destroy!) by theGrio.com
Quote: "But whenever a black man stands up and says something that white people don't like then the first thing that man does is run around to try and find somebody to say something to offset what has just been said
" - Malcolm X
Quote: "As we mark the tragic anniversary of George Floyd's murder, as we pray for his family and loved ones, let us also resolve to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act in order to enact lasting reform.
" - U.S. Senator Bob Casey
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- Bill Freese
, Science Policy Analyst - Center for Food Safety @CFSTrueFood
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