If the Founding Fathers saw what was happening in the nation today, I think they would all shake their heads and say, “That’s not what we meant.”
As stated in the editorial, American culture has devolved into a culture of hatred.
However, race or police brutality is not the problem. Saying that we don’t understand what it’s like to be African-American may be right for some of us , but that doesn’t solve the underlying issue the United States faces.
The real issue is hate. We have devolved into a society that doesn’t value the life of our brothers and sisters.
We have forgotten that our nation values life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
This can be looked at as a math equation.
We cannot have one without the other. Because America puts no value on life, we have lost our liberty and our pursuit of happiness.
Because America puts no value on life, we forget that the right to bear arms does not give the right to shoot people whom we hate or don’t agree with.
Because America puts no value on life, we have forgotten that we have the right to peacefully protest. Instead, it seems like all protests are now fueled with hate.
Because America puts no value on life, races have lost their right to live because they get clumped in a segregated group. The assumption is that all police officers have a problem and all black people are targets.
Racial profiling and police brutality are not the problem. Hashtags across the internet are not the problem. Our problem is that we don’t love, we see the worst in everyone, we are quick to judge and slow to forgive.
Unfortunately, it’s hard to forgive when horrible events happen.
Here are three suggestions I would invite you to follow:
1. Read the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. By reading these documents, it’s clear that this nation was founded on love. Instead of being so quick to hashtag about racial injustices, remember what this nation was built on and what so many sacrificed to keep it free — love.
2. Make informed decisions.
Take the time to read the news. Even though not all of us are African-American, reading their side of the news will make us understand what they are going through. Reading from stances of police officers makes us empathetic toward them as they do their job. When we study the facts, we learn the truth, and when we understand the truth, we learn to love.
3. Become as a child. The Savior invited us to become like children for a reason. Recently, my niece started playing with an African-American boy at the park. Instead of seeing the color of his skin, she saw him as a friend who was kind enough to share his Hot Wheels and play tag.
Becoming as a child is the essence of love. My niece didn’t care about the color of his skin. What she did care about was being a friend and seeing beyond the labels.
In the end, love will be the only thing that will heal the victims’ families.
Love will be the only thing that heals this nation; hashtags and embracing the racial indifference won’t work.
Let’s do our part to make this nation a more loving place.