By Atiba Madyun
My company Party Politics US’ secret group on Facebook, Chalkboard Conversations, had a member from abroad ask why so many negative posts. The comment was placed on a post about the incident that occurred at a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Starbucks. The group has over 4,000 members from all walks of life posting and commenting everyday.
It has diverse viewpoints and our members are in over 80 countries. Members are allowed to discuss, debate even argue the issues, but never allowed to insult the messenger. Our members speak highly of the platform, many saying it is the only one they are on that the conversation remains civil.
Below is my response to the question about negative posts. It gets to the core of where we are today and if you want to join our discussions please see how to join read below.
“When this country lives out the true meaning of its creed “that all are endowed with the rights of liberty, freedom and justice” then you’ll see the posts change.
The expression of frustration are heightened when unarmed men, women and children are being killed because of the color of their skin. The people in this country see that and there are far more people connected to the issues and sickened by the inequality. An idea of equality is preached in our schools, but in our society, it is not lived out in practice.
The negative posts will decrease, when healthcare becomes an inherent right to live…
And unequal pay becomes equal pay for doing the same job, you will see a change.
This country boasts of being the greatest nation in the world. We invest more into our military power than in cultivating citizens ability to be creative and innovative.
The posts are a reflection of that.
Our country like many others around the globe are filled with citizens that believe the opportunity our country promises is meted out to a few and denied to the masses.
Further, the structure of this nation has from its inception, denied the right of full citizenship, even to those who were here first.
What you see in the posts are the concerns of many.
There are far too many instances of irresponsible leadership and when that happens the citizens here and abroad should speak out. We have that right in America and exercise it generously.
America is a form of democracy, yet the president of this great nation is not elected by the majority as we have seen in two of the last five presidential elections.
If our nation is to be a leader in the world and if it is to be a moral compass in this world, it must show in its example the power of human excellence. All our institutions from government, corporate, small business, nonprofit to faith based must accept that responsibility. To do this, we must use our power as citizens to exhibit the power of a great moral standard. Instead, of that moral standard, our government leans on the power of our military and law enforcement to make people do what it says is right, not what is always morally right. It does so to protect the oligarchs and today, we are under a fascist form of government.
We are better as a nation and the world when we show the power of our example is about fairness and opportunity for all. And in our right as citizens, we are given the right to express our concerns.”
If you would like to join our online conversations, send me a message or better yet, find me on Facebook Atiba Madyun and I will be happy to add you.
Atiba Madyun is founder and president of Party Politics US that is putting the party before the politics by amplifying and attracting unheard voices using fun, innovative events to create safe spaces to make genuine conversations possible.
Chalkboard Conversation is a platform of Party Politics US, created in 2015. It’s physical boards capture stories to share that generate conversations. Today, it has more than 4,000 members.