I have been contemplating lately the many silent protests that are going on in our nation via athletes, and now band members, sitting out the national anthem in protest of the treatment of blacks in America. My first reaction was that of anger that, first, these individuals would blatantly disrespect our country and all those that fought for our freedoms.
However, as time has given me the opportunity to get over my initial reaction, and to think more rationally about those acts, I have actually become very sad about those protests. Not because of the events that those protests are aimed at trying to fix. But, because those protests are aimed at a mere symptom of the actual problem. Although, this symptom just happens to be the most visible.
I am sad that these people have no desire to fix the actual problem that has culminated in the events that these people are protesting.
The problem that these people are protesting actually has very little to do with race, but, more to do with culture. It is a culture that has turned many of low income families into chronically poor families. It has rewarded people for choosing divorce over fixing their problems. It has rewarded people for having children out of wedlock.
The problem that I am referring to is our country’s increasingly blatant turn to being a welfare state. Our government continually rewards people for being single parents. Fostering an atmosphere where our nation’s children are left to their own devices while the one parent they have is working a low income job, because of little training for anything else, and is not in the home to even be a parent. What do people think is going to happen when a child is left to entertain themselves without adult supervision? This is the reason why these areas are the higher crime areas. The people in these areas prey on their own neighborhoods. These are the reasons why people in these areas don’t like the police. This is the reason why the police of all colors feel less safe and are more on edge whenever there is any confrontation between them and the public in these areas. This is what results in the events we have been seeing on television lately.
Our nation needs to get their heads out of the sand and realize that they are headed down a road that can only lead to destruction. Unless we can start teaching people in low income areas to strive for more. Unless we can foster an atmosphere of families working together to make their homes and communities a better, more family friendly place. Unless we can reverse the downward spiral. Our country is headed to the graveyard where many other civilizations have ended up after going down the same road.
Please, let us learn from history and try to do a 180. We need to work together to fix the problems. The problem is not racism. The problem ultimately comes down to our own governments programs. Programs that were conceived to try to help those that it ultimately hurts.