Listen! Maybe we can find some common ground. Overlapping national news stories report Americans exercising their first amendment rights. With recent discussions about systemic challenges, now there is public discourse along with misunderstandings and a nationwide reality check.
No, I will not delve into the layers of issues since I will defer to the talking heads and news reports to do that.
But, my question today is simple: As a leader in your community, can you commit to engaging in thoughtful conversations and respectful disagreement?
Ok, ok. That might be an assumption on my part, along with my idealism. I am hopeful that people have skills to thoughtfully dissent, in some form or fashion, without spewing hateful or offensive commentary.
But, let me propose this. Despite differing perspectives, historical underpinnings, and recent socially-charged national dialogues can people consider these possibilities?
- Respectfully disagree
- Listen to various arguments
- Try to understand the thoughts and beliefs contrary to our own
Community marches and other protests during national football games have come under scrutiny. Interestingly enough, the Washington Post covered actions taken by faculty and students at Georgetown University, my alma mater, objected Attorney General Jeff Sessions visiting the campus where he was scheduled to deliver remarks about freedom of speech. The conversation expanded again to focus on constitutional rights and civil liberties.
- civil rights icon Rosa Parks
- legendary Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
- pivotal Cesar Chavez
- courageous hero Muhammad Ali
- brave Tommy Smith
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