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If you are a grandparent or parent, what do you imagine when think of your child’s future? College campuses filled with rioters? Flying bottles and large crowds at each other’s throat? Your son or daughter being physically assaulted because he or she’s carrying an American flag? Unfortunately, this is the reality that many of our high school graduates are walking into.
Personally, I think one of the disturbing trends that we’ve seen over the past few years is that of radical activism on college campuses. As a father of three children, I am not interested in a future where my children are silenced on college campuses for their opinion. I am firmly against a future where vigilantes are praised for destroying historical monuments and defacing public property. Furthermore, I plan to do everything in my power to work against a future where my children are left with a heritage of massive government debt, a weak and inept education system and public disunity.
It has been said that “they who fail to learn from the past are doomed to repeat it.” I believe this is true. We see this across our landscape now.
Groups on the far left destroy Confederate statues, yet hold to the same arguments that enslaved African-Americans. Groups on the far right rally in the name of a racial unity, while our history is clear that racial diversity within the American identity has enriched and strengthened our country. Furthermore, Black Lives Matter activists take to the streets and destroy property when blacks are killed by authority figures but are silent when blacks kill blacks? Also somehow these groups seemed to have spit on the legacy of peaceful and effective protesters like Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.
And above all, why does it seems that activists are anxious to kneel during the anthem, disrespect our flag, speak hatred against officials, destroy property and incite violence, yet very few are ready and willing to get on the streets, mentor a child, give charitable donations and volunteer to make a positive difference? That’s change I believe in.
I don’t know about you, but I’m committed to building a future that my kids can look forward to. I have not given up hope, and while we are certainly in darkness across our nation, I will remember yet and still that the night is the darkest just before the dawn.
The writer is pastor of Bethel Baptist Church and a candidate for N.C. House District 24.