One hundred years ago, the Ku Klux Klan was reborn. This time the hatred was focused toward Catholics, Jews, and people of Color. One hundred years ago, women had just been given the right to vote. One hundred years ago a Negro man created a fervor by attempting to run for office. One hundred years ago our country was deeply divided and far from progressing, yet here we are today.
W.E.B. Du Bois was a voice of reason back in the day. “The absolute equality of races – physical, political and social – is the founding stone of world peace and human advancement. No one denies great differences of gift, capacity, and attainment among individuals of all races, but the voice of science, religion and practical politics is one in denying the God – appointed existence of superior races, or of races naturally and inevitably and eternally inferior.” Du Bois was a man on a mission, a mission to move us forward.
We do not make progress going backward. We do not aim at restoring people groups to some previous historical strength. We find strength and greatness when we evolve, enlighten, and enable others to do likewise. Aim here, leader. Push yourself and your team to make progress. Be a bit more like Du Bois and push us forward, not back. Do not stay in the status quo and seek equilibrium. Be the change. Model the way, the way forward that is.
Evolve, enlighten, enable. Good…