After watching the Democratic National Convention 2020 leaders speak, I am inspired by people with more respect for people than fear people. I am inspired by their positive urgency and their trust in [our] human possibilities.
Our young people are watching us today and learning from our fears, our respect for one another, our distance from self-interest — and the character educations taught in their homes in schools as norms. Many kids are not safe walking out of their homes each day because of neighborhood gun violence, disproportionate police contact, a killer pandemic, food insecurities, a housing scare, health insurance, education, cash-flow, and future possibilities remote.
I hope that we begin to look at all leaders and the weight of their ideas that shape American society today. Leaders and their ideas storyboard their propositions about our futures and our national and international relationships. Their narratives are a canvas of who is in and who is out of pluralistic favor. Their actions and acts are manifestoes for what will get done, and what gets eliminated. Their leadership “raps” represents their purest visions.
A mentor of mine, the late Ossie Davis, had an idea that has always stuck with me. He said, “it’s not your rap, Calvin it’s your map.” Everyone is responsible today.
I pray that we can all listen carefully to leadership and unpack their propositions, narratives, manifesto, raps, and tweets. These will be the charts and maps that show us where we are and where we are going and the positioning of our futures. It is evident that our “house is divided.” It is all up to this generation of elders, adults, men, women, and children watching — as to whether we remain an inspiration to humanity or another nation falling in line with the majority of authoritarian governments around the world.