Black Lives Matter… Diversity, Inclusion and Equality Part 3

Aloha All,

I hope you are safe and staying healthy.

Before going directly into my third messaging, I want to begin by being totally transparent and up front about my messaging.

I wrote this in my last messaging to you: “Remember, you don’t have to agree with everything I’m saying, it’s not about that. It’s about providing information, learning, listening, collaborating, beginning to make a difference… baby steps, taking those first steps toward positive changes. And asking ourselves “are we part of the problem, or part of the solution?”

Let me be very clear, my messaging and statements are from me, they are personal messages in support of equity and racial issues, which is of global concern, none of which are politically motivated. I will not engage to negative rhetoric.

I’d like to thank so many of you for the positive responses of support and the incredible thoughts for solutions within the ACF. And for the few of you who are in disagreement and believe to the contrary of my messaging, thank you for sharing.

I didn’t realize that I needed to qualify myself further, evidently, I was wrong.

Firstly, my messaging and personal statements are not political, they are simply my view.

Secondly, the messaging is here to openly and freely provide information relevant to the times… a teaching and learning opportunity for all.

Thirdly, I have respect to all opinions, without judgement and without malice. We all have equal rights, yes “Everyone” inclusively, under the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States are provided with freedom of speech. Just to be crystal clear about this… “The First Amendment to the United States Constitution is a part of the United States Bill of Rights that protects freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of assembly, freedom of the press, and right to petition.”

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These notable leaders, share their thoughts as well. I only ask you to pick one or two of leaderships “words of wisdom” below. Ponder the thoughts of those who have led the fight and went before us, and consider those who continue to lead.

Episode 3 – Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man

Chip & Joanna Gaines sit down with Emmanuel Acho to have an uncomfortable conversation about teaching their kids to “see color” and Emmanuel Acho is asked, “if he’s afraid of white people.”

Follow up Video Interview to the Star-Spangled Banner duet…

“Chance encounter leads to beautiful duet at Portland’s park blocks” The interview provides a subliminal … love, joy, healing and peace the way that we use that gift is empowering and it washes over others and it changes their live expeditiously. It’s not about what you hear, it’s how you listen… listen to all of life. Don’t keep it silent!”

Young black man shares his mother’s unwritten rules l GMA Digital

“Cameron Welch took to TikTok to share the rules his mom makes him follow as a young black man in America.”
This is an awakening, and a constant reminder of why Black Lives Matter. If you need yet another reason for change and for equity, this is that reminder. Listen to this young man’s words, his voice, his message, his fear.
I listened to the eulogy for Rayshard Brooks, delivered by Rev. Raphael G. Warnock. There was one line in particular that stood out to me. I thought this might be what Cameron Welch’s mother is thinking about when she shares her unwritten rules with her son. “… if your skin is the weapon and your complexion is the crime, what do you do to stay alive?”

Lean on Me – ArtistsCAN (Official Video)

And here’s a song that needs to be shared and is inviting us to live by example… shared with the young men and women of every color… listen, hear! Cameron Welch has his mom to lean on. I’m hoping that everyone finds a mom, a friend to lean on, throughout their lives, everyone deserves someone to lean on.
This is what “Diversity in Action” looks like!

Sweet Video Of Toddlers Hugging Goes Viral | NBC Nightly News

We need more of this, unconditional love and caring. It’s what they’re being taught, what they learn, what they hear and how they listen. “This video shows precious two-year-old New Yorkers Maxwell and Finnegan racing for the giant hug, acting like they hadn’t seen each other for years — but it’s actually only been two days.” A valuable lesson learned and taught by two children… adults might take a cue! Friendship & unconditional love… think about it.

This will be my final messaging on Black Lives Matter. I will continue supporting the efforts of Black Lives Matter in ways other than my words to ACF. I now hand over the torch to all of you… begin talking, begin listening, but above all begin hearing each other. Send your thoughts of motivation, inspiration and recommended actions to ACF for publication. Future generations should never have to talk about racial bias and inequities ever again, it is up to us to make changes for the better of the world. Believe in my words, my actions, my outcomes… or not, just become part of the conversation that permanently changes the world for “Gen Alphas.” Be part of the solution, not the problem.
Not knowing when we will be face to face again is difficult to contemplate. It is with a heavy heart and with great sadness that I close this chapter of messaging with you. Stand strong to your morals, your core values and your convictions. Always seek clarity and never stop asking questions.  One thing you have my word on, you will forever be in my thoughts and in my heart, until we meet once again. “I acknowledge that “no person is an island” and realize that we must all stand together for the betterment of our profession and of our daily lives.” Oath of the AAC
I leave you today with a song from a virtual Choir/Orchestra, made up of 300 talented people from 15 countries. They’re message, in music and song is “You’ll Never Walk Alone”, from the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical Carousel. I join the Maestro, in borrowing his words of courage and love… “Hopefully, the words, ‘you’ll never walk alone,’ along with the visual of 300 people joining together offers the audience some comfort and peace during this time. Stay safe and healthy my friends!”

“You’ll Never Walk Alone” Virtual Choir/Orchestra 15 Countries: 300 People

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“Find out what people will submit to, and you have found the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them.”
Frederick Douglass
With Warm Regards & Aloha,
Stafford

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