Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Black Lives Matter group takes the stage at pro-Trump rally — what happens next is amazing

I came across this article today and was pleasantly surprised at the outcome.  Perhaps there is hope when people of good will stop talking AT each other and start talking WITH each other.  Instead of looking for and assuming the worst of our political opponents, perhaps we can stop and look to see the common humanity in each of us.  In doing so, despite the naysayers who seemingly want it to be different, we can indeed find some common ground and start working on making this a better place for all of us... together!

From the Blaze's Sarah Taylor:

Black Lives Matter group takes the stage at pro-Trump rally — what happens next is amazing

Between competing pro-Trump and anti-Trump protests in Washington, D.C., over the weekend, a silver lining was found with a Black Lives Matter group who unexpectedly took the stage during a boisterous pro-Trump rally.
What happened?
A Black Lives Matter group marched near the rally and passed closely to the stage. As they walked and shouted chants of “Black lives matter,” the group received jeers and boos from many people attending the pro-Trump rally.
At first, the mic-wielding organizer of the Trump rally told pro-Trump congregants, “Don’t give them the spotlight,” and “They don’t exist.”
No one could have predicted what would happen next.

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6 comments:

Dave Dubya said...

Mr. Paine,

Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

Credit and kudos to both unnamed group organizers:

“I’m going to let Black Lives Matter come up here while I show them what patriotism is all about, all right?”

A surprise invitation to say the least.

“I am an American,” the Black Lives Matter group leader said. “And the beauty of America is that when you see something broke in your country, you can mobilize to fix it.”

He continued, “So you ask why there’s a ‘Black Lives Matter?’ Because you can watch a black man die and be choked to death on television, and nothing happened. We need to address that.”

Though the speaker declared that BLM is “not anti-cop,” the pro-Trump crowd’s reaction showed they didn’t believe it. But things began to turn around when the man clarified that the group was “anti-bad cop”...

“I hope that they understand that one of the leaders of the Black Lives Matters movement is a proud American and a Christian who cares deeply about this country,” he said. “We really are here to help this country move toward a better place, not to destroy it.”


I too hope they begin to understand BLM is not a racist hate group. After all, the "anti-bad cop" point is really the core of their message.



Dave Dubya said...

This is an example of how to tear down the walls between Americans within our country.

And I dare say, so is Mr. Paine's effort to share this.

Is this what both parties fear the most?

T. Paine said...

"This is an example of how to tear down the walls between Americans within our country. And I dare say, so is Mr. Paine's effort to share this. Is this what both parties fear the most?" ~ Mr. Dubya

Sadly, the answer is probably "yes". This is indeed what some folks in both parties fear.

I don't expect, nor want everyone to agree. I want everyone to debate their points of view vigorously, honestly, and with passion -- and respect. At the end of the day though, we all want our home -- our country -- to be one based on the rule of law, justice, and liberty for all of us. How we get there is the reason we debate. Making the other side as "less than human" so that we feel superior in our beliefs will not help to move the ball forward. (and yes, I have been guilty of this too.) When we take such a "superior stance" it often simply means that we are about ready to fumble that ball.

Jerry Critter said...

I read somewhere (a while ago and I don't remember where) that to understand where Black Lives Matter is coming from, you should add a "too" on the end. Unfortunately, too many people add "only" at the end instead.

Majormajor said...

Thank goodness the Pro Trump crowd believe in free speech.

T. Paine said...

"I read somewhere (a while ago and I don't remember where) that to understand where Black Lives Matter is coming from, you should add a "too" on the end. Unfortunately, too many people add "only" at the end instead." ~ Jerry

Jerry, I think that sentiment is a terrific one, and the concept of it is one in which I unequivocally agree. I simply wish those thugs and the occasional leader that pervert that message with destruction, violence, and racism didn't keep inserting themselves into the BLM movement. I am sure that a vast majority of people in the BLM movement simply want their grievances heard and noted so that a peaceful resolution could be achieved. The haters that join in to stir the pot sadly dilute that message's impact.