Healing the Racial Divide

"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.

As a father of three sons, I am very disturbed by the recent events that have led to demonstrations across the nation. Thus, MLK's words resonate deeply today that blacks are angry because we want to be judged by our character and not merely by the color of our skin. I am a believer in staying focused on a goal and preventing distractions that taint the just cause of the movement for racial equality. As such, I condemn the riots, destruction of property and assaulting police officers because those individuals do not represent our struggle or views.

Racial conversations are very tough but they must be had. Having a true dialogue about racial biases is the only way that we can solve racial injustice. In particular, we cannot keep generalizing about each other or seek extreme measures to solve situations and expect the status quo to change or any resolution whatsoever. We have to have to strive as Americans for racial harmony because we are at our greatest when united.

I would like to see law enforcement partner with black churches and organizations because of the historic role the black churches and organizations have played in the Civil Rights movement. These not only served as the melting pot, but were also safe havens for many activists. It is a reality that in the 21st century that there is a generational shift in the Civil Rights movement, nevertheless, I still believe that the connection to black churches and organizations remains a crucial ingredient to organizing.

Violence only begets violence and any life lost is one too many. As we come together to achieve changes in society through awareness and dialogue, it should never be lost that many landmark changes were achieved with non-violence. We should also use this opportunity to achieve economic growth amongst black communities to stamp out poverty and its detrimental consequences. Black Lives Matter must address blacks killing blacks as well.

"You can play a tune of all sorts on the white keys. You can play a tune of all sorts on the black keys. But for harmony, you must play on both white and black keys." ~ Anon

Yomi Faparusi, MD. PhD, J.D., Independent Candidate for Tennessee U.S. Senate

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