Sharing some examples of leaders doing the right thing.
I haven’t been sleeping well for the last few days with what is happening in the USA. Honestly, I’ve been despondent, feeling that nothing will ever change, that so many white people around the world simply don’t care.
Yesterday I wrote: “Integrity is also doing the right thing when everyone is watching“. Colin Kaepernick started his peaceful protesting against racial injustice in August 2016 by taking a knee during the national anthem before NFL games. Pretty soon he was (and remains) ostracised by that league, without employment in the sport he loves. It is so easy to be despondent.
Heck, the Spike Lee movie “Do the Right Thing” came out over thirty years ! It is so easy to be despondent, yet this morning I choose not to be.
For quite some time I’ve been writing here and highlighting on twitter examples of leaders who are #DoingTheRightThing.
Well, the world is watching. Many in positions of power are not doing the right thing, and yet, many are. As Fred Rogers would say to comfort children: “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” So today, needing a lift myself, sharing with you some examples.
- A protestor going in for a hug (link to video) with a policeman in riot gear. They hugged for nearly a minute and it diffused things.
- The Sheriff in Flint. Michigan walks with the protestors. (link to video)
- Many more examples in this piece by Forbes. Of police taking a knee, marching with protestors and otherwise showing solidarity.
I leave you with the Police Chief of Houston Texas, Art Acevedo. A leader who has spoken out strongly against issues such as gun control. This weekend he spoke strongly about the people of Houston, of feeling their pain, of coming from love rather than hate, of coming together for their city.
Also published on Medium.