I strongly believe that as a cohesive community, we are capable of making an incredible difference in society. Sadly, there are powerful institutions repressing the freedoms of individuals, and they must be stopped.
Unfortunately, in stressful situations when tension is high, we can lose sight of the most effective way to take action. This sometimes results in the proponents for change exhibiting the behavior they hate in others.
Black Lives Matter is one such political movement that has hijacked the tragic death of George Floyd and many others, in a lust for political power. They pit group against group to benefit their agenda as described at https://blacklivesmatter.com/what-we-believe/
But we understand that rights belong to individuals, not groups. Police brutality is a global issue. The Mises Institute held a conference in January 2014 on The Police State, foreshadowing the very issues that we are dealing with today.
The individual, regardless of race, must be protected from police ruthlessness and the tyranny of the mob.
https://www.newsweek.com/looters-exploited-protests-now-black-owned-businesses-are-picking-pieces-1509777 describes the plight of black entrepreneurs victimized by the violence stoked by Black Lives Matter.
I disagree that individuals in the black community will prosper as Black Lives Matter works to disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure, as boldly stated on their website. I think the very thing we need to fight this appalling issue is a family mentality. Walter Williams, a well respected African American economist, writes persuasively that the breakdown of family has had tragic results.
BLM also outwardly supports Marxism. This is worrisome, because Marxism and its philosophical followers have a well documented history of causing destruction to individuals and families in a selfish lust for power. https://www.heritage.org/progressivism/commentary/the-agenda-black-lives-matter-far-different-the-slogan
I started Liberty Villages Inc. in 2019 in an attempt to share the blessings I have benefited from and am so thankful for. Recently I’ve been working with my friend, Kevin Purlett, https://gousfbulls.com/sports/football/roster/kevin-purlett/11795, on his amazing new non profit, Unstoppable Happiness. Kevin is focused on building up the African American community through student-athlete led initiatives. I fully support his vision and have enjoyed helping him grow this impactful project. I’ve also found an organization in Chicago, Project H.O.O.D. https://www.projecthood.org/ that I support and pray will continue to enhance lives for the better.
I am trying my best to understand this complex society and impact it positively through open conversations and empathy. Being a part of a diverse football team, I am incredibly blessed to be exposed to a wide variety of individuals and their respective backgrounds and life stories.
I appreciate the contributions of:
Walter Williams: https://www.creators.com/author/walter-ewilliams
Eric July: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JocOjvPizzY
Billy Vunipola: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Vunipola
Candace Owens: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candace_Owens
in pushing me intellectually.
Jeff Deist, President of the Mises Institute, wisely says, "The whole point of society is social cohesion. It seems the whole point of politics today is to disrupt that."
As Martin Luther King Jr. said in his “I Have a Dream” speech, I pray that each individual “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”, and that we can work together because “When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”.
Let's work together, as a family, to make a positive difference in our society through spreading messages of peace and love. I know we can do it.
"Do everything in love." - 1 Corinthians 16:14