Three Positive Things Happening
We so often talk about the issues of the day and their negative impact they have on our lives. And we discuss what we believe should occur to correct or improve the issues.
It is wonderful to see people within the communities directly affected by these issues to attempt to show a different perspective and help address these challenges.
I want to give praise to those giving a different view point and showing that there is still hope out there.
According to the Detroit Free Press, Don Carey, a defensive back for the Detroit Lions, wrote about the Black Lives Matters group and said the following:
"I personally have some concerns in regard to the Black Lives Matter movement. I remember when this movement burst onto the scene several years ago. I was both enamored and repelled by its message. Enamored, because as an African-American man, I have experienced and seen injustices committed against my people, sometimes due to no fault of their own. For the first time that I can remember, it seemed someone was standing up for them on a national level. However, I was quickly turned off by this movement due to the narrow mind-set and irony that exists at its roots. Let me explain my meaning.
And the following is what he takes issue with in regards to the Black Lives Matters movement:
According to a study by the New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, more African-American babies were aborted (31,328) in New York than were born (24,758) there in 2012. Needless to say, this number is severely repulsive. Yet, we've heard nothing from those within the camp of Black Lives Matter on the subject. It seems that we have Matthew 7 dilemma. That is, we are so focused on the speck in eyes of others that we are ignoring the plank within our own. We are so focused on the injustices done by a few wayward police officers that we ignore the blatant disregard for life within our own culture."
I then saw an article in The Daily Caller, which had a picture of a black man who took a selfie with a white police officer who pulled him over for speeding.
He posted the picture on his Facebook page with the following comments:
“I can’t stress enough that NO demographic and/or profession of people are all bad. Neither of us are the enemy. We can continue to fight against each other until we are literally ‘black and blue’, or we can show one another the respect we inherently deserve, not as ‘black man’ and ‘blue police officer’, but as humans. None greater, none less.”
He went on to say, “He [the police officer] was doing his job, and I had made a mistake in trying to hurry home to get started moving that led to our paths crossing.”
I am pleased to say that a third positive report was published in the Detroit Free Press recently.
The article stated that one of America's most well-known Muslim leaders, Imam Hassan Al-Qazwini, who resides in Dearborn, Michigan, will be building a new Mosque to address the issue around extremist taking over their religion. He will especially be targeting young people with his message.
In the article he stated the following:
“We have to speak for Islam. Because if you don’t speak for your religion ... ISIS will speak for your religion, the extremists will speak for your religion.”
He went on to say:
“If we, the moderate Muslims, do not reach out to our youth, we are going to run one of the two risks. Either those youth will be... assimilated in the big society where they will not be able to identify with Islam anymore. ... The other risk that we may run into if we do not reach out to our youth is the radicalization. More and more Muslim youth are joining ISIS.”
I am encouraged by these three reports that show another side of these debates. We can talk about these issues and discuss our concerns but like most of the issues that surround a certain group in our society they must also be addressed from within that community.
Let’s discuss this today on my show, The Live with Renk show, which airs Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to noon, to let me know your thoughts at (269) 441-9595.
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