Own the Promise of a Nation

The United States of America is a great country.  It is founded on the promise that all people 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.  Do you have a “owners” or “renters” mentality when it comes to holding the United States accountable for this promise?  If you have a “renters” mentality for this country, you may sit back and wait for change to reach your desired outcome.  If you have a “owners” mentality for this country, you more than likely put forth actions that impact actual change.  Do you often find your group portrayed as a “renter” of this country, portrayed as someone who is only given the right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness by law as opposed to someone who is endowed these rights by their Creator?  If so, remember that we the people, all own the responsibility to ensure we hold our country accountable for keeping the promise.  By exercising this responsibility, we lay claim in the ownership of this country.

OWYA (Own Who You Are)

Define Terrorism

In today’s dysfunctional political environment, is the term “terrorism” conveniently used to negatively label individuals or groups who go against the agenda of the powerful?  Do you instantly cast an emotional judgement when a group or individual is labeled a terrorist by the media?  Terrorism is defined as “the use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims.”  If violence and intimidation is used by a group to instill fear and obedience in law abiding US citizens, would we consider the actions of individuals within this group to be terroristic, even if this group is your government?  If the goal is to stop global terrorism, let’s ensure our media and politicians label all individuals and groups, without bias, who use violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims.

Critical thinking is a form of power…

OWYA

Does African history start at enslavement?

Can some of the challenges that are faced in the African-American community be a result of a limited or lack of African centered history in American schools and the home?  If African-American people understood that their rich history was not only about overcoming human rights atrocities here in the United States, but also included a lineage of ancestors who created civilizations that contributed to modern society, would that improve a sense of self worth? Like there are portions of Western history taught in the classrooms in the United States, so should there be portions of Native American, African, Hispanic, Asian and all other cultures that contributed to the creation of the United States.