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Navigating Turbulence: Confronting Political Divisiveness, Global Conflicts, and the Quest for Hope in America.

December 6, 2023 by  
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( It’s a good thing in many ways that we Americans tend to believe in hope, but if you are truly listening to the Republican leader who is trying to get back into the White House, there is no doubt that he is getting more air time than the law should allow. As I talk with friends, many tell me they have to turn off their televisions during the day because of all the negative messages glaring at them.

The Hamas-Israel War is one event taking up so much time and is offering so much pain on all sides. It’s very concerning that so many people could die with the end of the tragedy being nowhere in sight. Nobody I know started this tragedy, but we’ve been forced to suffer from what we hear on the news in a play-by-play repeat that seems to force all of us to have a front-row seat at the tragedy where we are a part of the tragedy. You can’t help but feel the pain on all sides—yet feel helpless to do anything about it.

Navigating Turbulence: Confronting Political Divisiveness, Global Conflicts, and the Quest for Hope in America.

When it’s not Hamas and Israel, we’re fed the Republican clown show in Congress where its leaders seem to care nothing about those for whom they were elected to serve. They care more about the one-ups-man-ship game they’ve been playing for many months now. Their biggest concern seems to be how to hurt President Joe Biden and his family which leaves no time to do anything that helps our people in need of basic help.

I’ve visited Israel and Gaza three times. I’ve had friends in both places. My heart bleeds for what happened in Israel on October 7th. Since that day, whatever blood I have left, also flows for the people of Gaza. At the risk of being criticized by one side of the tragedy or the other, it’s painful to see Progressive friends being called Antisemitic just because they can’t agree with Benjamin Netanyahu’s response to innocent Palestinians who had nothing to do with what happened October 7th. Jewish people and several of their organizations in America have been there for Black people during the Civil Rights Movement—and we’ve applauded and thanked them. As well, some have been there to hurt us—but we haven’t blamed all of them for their acts. My heart breaks to see so many Black candidates already being targeted for defeat just as I once was without cause.

I hear the concern about Antisemitism around the world. I am equally concerned about Racism and other hate-filled treatment. When this Hamas-Israel War is over, we need to go to the table with the goal of ridding our country of Antisemitism, Racism, Islamophobia, and Anti-Arab Racism. All are troublesome. They make no sense. We’ve worked together before and we can do it again. We also can’t do it without friends who experience hatred, too.

Right now, we’re facing the potential of having to deal with authoritarianism in America, and our energy should be focused on resolving problems to protect our democracy.

There’s no joke about having rights our people have worked long and hard for being taken away. We’ve been warned if we elect someone who has already promised to come down hard on the media, to punish those who disagree with him and people who’ve not supported him in his hate-filled campaign.

In our community, no matter how we’ve been treated, we’ve always held onto that upward force of buoyancy. That’s what we are holding onto now—HOPE that we can solve the problems dividing us. The buoyancy of hope is what brought my people through some very hard times.

Written By Dr. E. Faye Williams

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One Response to “Navigating Turbulence: Confronting Political Divisiveness, Global Conflicts, and the Quest for Hope in America.”
  1. Pelvo White, Jr. says:

    America is a nation of laws not of men ( i.e. men meaning women and men alike ). There exists enough empirical scientific based legal pragmatism in our legalistic way of doing things to replace theological hope with legal theories born out of centuries of legal pragmatism which has studied, and continue to study effective law through a process of stare decisis. Now is a time for the best of our legal minds to come to the forefront of political,economic, and social leadership positions in defense of our kind of democracy.There seem to be a few thinkers( i.e. see the legal teams of past president Donald Trump.Trump’s adjudications are definitely teachable moments ) brave enough to challenge the effectiveness of contemporary legal theories.Trump’s legal theorists are testing, and setting precedence on the legal status quo which is based in empirical scientific pragmatism. This battle between theological reasoning, and empirical scientific reasoning continues.To date, a certain win for democracy, which has been very helpful in advancing the causes of African Americans, bases its legal arguments on empirical scientific pragmatism that exists within our legal systems from defendant arraignment to judicial reviews and decisions made by appellant courts to include the Supreme Court.Democracy’s saviors are the courts of the land.

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