"I prayed for freedom for twenty years, but received no answer until I prayed with my legs." — Frederick Douglass
"To all of the hurting families, I want you to know that all Americans mourn by your side. Your loved ones will not have died in vain. We’re one nation, we grieve together, and we heal together. I can never imagine your pain or the depth of your anguish. But I can promise to fight for justice for all of our people." — President Donald J. Trump
Thanks to President Trump, his newest transformational executive order is bringing hope and sanity to the nation.
The Safe Policing for Safe Communities Act, which bans law enforcement from using chokeholds, will help deescalate the senseless slaughter and violence ravaging our communities.
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Thus, President Trump elaborated yesterday:
"Under the executive order I’m signing today, we will prioritize federal grants from the Department of Justice to police departments that seek independent credentialing certifying that they meet high standards . . . As part of this new credentialing process, choke holds will be banned, except if an officer’s life is at risk."
Along with this measure of intervention, the president has again shown leadership by continuing to host listening sessions regarding race relations. Due to these interactions, a major awareness of Juneteenth, a heretofore often overlooked holiday, is at the forefront.
This history lesson is good for America.
We are grateful for President Trump’s leadership and sensitivity.
Another bright spot on the horizon is the Department of Justice’s announcement of the launch of the Civil Rights Reporting Portal.
This new online tool will make it easier for the public to report a civil rights violation.
"The department is committed to upholding the civil and constitutional rights of all people in the United States," said Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband of the Civil Rights Division. Mr. Dreiband added, "The Civil Rights Reporting Portal will make it easier for the public to connect with us, which in turn makes us more effective at upholding these important rights. I encourage the public to use this portal to report civil rights violations."
As Americans, we should be very encouraged by these reports.
Meanwhile, we must continue to pray, to love, to forgive, and protest peacefully. We can peacefully protest by voting for candidates who support the sanctity of life, and the dignity of the one blood human race.
We are not colorblind. We can end the race wars by opening our eyes, seeing each other clearly as human beings; not separate races. We can learn to live together as brothers and sisters; not perish together as fools.
Let us continue to pray for our president and all of our leaders.
Dr. Alveda C. King grew up in the civil rights movement led by her uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. She is director of African-American outreach for Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries. Her family home in Birmingham, Ala., was bombed, as was her father's church office in Louisville, Ky. Alveda herself was jailed during the open housing movement. Read Dr. Alveda C. King's Reports — More Here.
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