The birth of the United States was an experiment where all men (and women) are created equal and the government receives its authority from the people and not from a monarch was truly revolutionary in its day.
So revolutionary that other countries have studied our form of government, emulated it and still exist today in other countries. The French Revolution was due to the people of France’s desire for such a government.
That government created called the United States of America gave us the Constitution which defined the relationship between the federal government and the state’s role in our lives. States rights versus federal rights.
Colin, the issue of slavery was part of the discussion at the Constitutional Convention. Those amendments for removal of slavery were dropped from the original version out of the reality that the United States would dissolve by losing the southern states which relied on slave labor to keep its large plantations profitable.
The founders knew our country would have to address this later which gave us the civil war. The bloodiest war in our nation’s history. Only 4% of the southern plantation owners owned slaves yet we were driven to this tragic event, Civil War, and it’s subsequent outcome which freed the slaves.
The 13th, 14th and 15th amendments solidified the rights and freedoms of freed slaves but it took Union troops to occupy southern state capitals and city governments so former slaves as newly elected REPUBLICAN legislators could conduct business.
Our history has a rich heritage of righting that which is wrong. It is evident in our legislative history.
Colin, you are the beneficiary of that struggle. You benefited from that through your adoption by white parents who loved and raised you. Your athletic scholarship to receive a University of Nevada education, lucrative pro football career and endorsements from Nike.
The “racist” event is part of our struggle as a nation in the formation of the greatest country in history.
America is no longer an experiment but can be called a success. You are the product and beneficiary of many white men and women’s struggle to right a wrong.
Celebrate that struggle to form a more perfect union. Put your energies towards fixing what needs fixed in the Black community.
One third of Blacks are middle class earners. They did it through hard work and self determination. It was not given to them. They earned it. They were not and will not be victims.
Asians come to America, to join our family, with nothing in their pocket but within one generation their children are attending top tier universities and are enjoying the fruits of hard work, a culture of education in the home, respect for their mother and father, commitment to family.
Colin, be a spokesman for the Black community by encouraging change in behavior in the Black community. Behavior which has been proven to work.
The views and opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of Citizens Journal.
Dr. Kevin McNamee was a 2018 candidate for the Thousand Oaks City Council, is a 20 year resident of Thousand Oaks and business owner for over 28 years. He is an instructor at Ventura College in the Water Science Department. As a member of the Thousand Oaks Rotary, he volunteers his acupuncture and chiropractic clinical services at the Westminster Free Clinic to many of the city’s illegal immigrant and under-served population. His practice specializes in acupuncture, chiropractic, Asian and herbal medicine, blended with traditional Western diagnostics and treatment protocols. In addition to his practice, Dr. McNamee provides pain prevention services to organizations like the Los Angeles Police Department. Dr. McNamee’s Anti-Drug presentations for middle and high school students have helped change student attitudes about illegal drug use and abuse.