Wednesday, November 3, 2010

A Call For Civility

Thanks to those of you who voted all across America yesterday. We had some pretty passionate dialogue on Facebook and Twitter and; as always, I enjoyed our civil discourse.

Unfortunately, we are in the era of "hollering and screaming" seasoned with occasional false accusations, lies, and half truths in our political arena. I firmly believe this nonsense contributed to voter apathy across the country. What is happening today is down right ugly and smacks in the face of what America should continuously aspire to be - a Civil Union.

I wonder if those who seem to thrive off of negativity and dishonesty to rouse the most carnal fears those feeling disenfranchised in America, ever take the time to re-visit the Preamble of the Constitution of the United States before shooting off at the mouth.

It reads:

"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."

The way I read this eloquent opening to the Constitution is that we all have a responsibility to strive towards a more perfect United States of America (not Red States and Blue States). We all have a responsibility to establish justice, speak out on injustice, and secure domestic tranquility. In my mind, that means that our home (at best) should strive to be righteous and peaceful.

Now, we all know that this is not the case in America now nor has it been our historical truth. But no different that your strategic plans in your workplace, the Preamble is the aspirational goal of our country.  We can not change viewpoints that are grounded in ugliness. But we can control our response to it and govern ourselves accordingly. 

What makes me forever optimistic about America and our fundamental agreement regarding democracy and civility, is the fact that have the pleasure of witnessing and sometimes being the recipient of random acts of kindness from strangers. Last week someone complemented me on my outfit. Earlier this week, a kind motherly figure took me by the hand in a supermarket to point out the best cold remedies when she heard me coughing. In both instants, these individuals were not Black/African American. They were just nice people with something kind in their hearts to share.

It's examples like these that affirms my belief in working towards a more Civil Union in The United States. I hope you will join me by supporting The Civility Project - non profit, non partisan organization that calls it like they see it. They point out examples of incivility, highlight shining civil moments, and provide tools and resources to help move civility to forefront.

It is time ladies and gentlemen for us to work towards a more Civil Union in The United States. The world is watching.