Parental Rights Amendment and Black Lives Matter
PLEASE SIGN & SHARE THIS PARENTAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION. THIS EFFECTS EVERY PARENT IN AMERICA: Citizens 13-years old and above can review and sign the petition! Family Preservation Foundation launches a “We the People” petition at the Whitehouse.gov website which would call on the current administration to urge Congress to take up Resolution H.J.Res.36 - Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to parental rights.
In my humble opinion, Blacks families were better off 60-years ago than they are today.
We believe that parents have the fundamental right to the care, custody and control of their children so long as the child is not harmed.
The liberty interest is perhaps the oldest of the fundamental liberty interests recognized by Courts. This includes, but is not limited to home schooling, educational material, religious freedom, vaccination choice, medical decisions and discipline.
Families with children are the elemental unit of a society, the reproductive cell; without healthy families, the entire U.S. enterprise unravels. Parental rights are essential to a healthy, happy productive free society.
While the “Black Lives Matter” movement has been around for a number of years, more recently we have started hearing discussions surrounding and relating to “Black Families Matter”, “Black Children Matter”, “Black Kids Matter”, “Black Mothers Matter”, “Black Moms Matter", “Black Fathers Matter” and “Black Dads Matter”.
As I listen to all of the discussions, I begin to wonder why everyone is breaking up the topic of “Black Lives Matter”.
I currently believe it’s watering down the entire movement and splintering off the movement as a whole. All of the other categories mentioned above are a sub category of the whole. By distilling down the main topic, you are fractioning off the powerbase, and dividing the focus.
The key to effective change is through organization and collective thought. Until this happens, we just have different fractions, or separate fingers on a hand, instead of all of them balled up into a collected fist and moving in one direction.
The momentum for cultural and political change stemming from the reemergence of Black Lives Matter demonstrations this summer has been extraordinary. Throughout communities across the country, portraits of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor are wheat-pasted on building walls. Signs that read black lives matter are posted in residential and storefront windows, and the words have been painted onto city streets. Statues that venerate racists, segregationists, and Confederates have come tumbling down. Brands and corporations have rushed to acknowledge systemic racism, ranging between strong and lukewarm commitments to addressing structural inequities. The Minneapolis City Council unanimously voted to dismantle its police department. And school districts in Oakland, California, and Madison, Wisconsin, announced plans to terminate their police contracts. But as the end of summer approaches, will this transformative energy last or languish?
When Black Lives Matter protests first captured the nation’s attention and spread across American cities in the late summer of 2014, three high-profile police killings of Black people had occurred: John Crawford III in Ohio, Eric Garner in New York, and Michael Brown in Missouri. It was 18-year-old Brown’s shooting death by an officer in Ferguson that marked a tipping point in the movement: The nation saw several weeks of uprisings and sustained protests demanding policing reform and accountability. That energy was sustained in Chicago, New York, Baton Rouge, Dallas, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Oakland, St. Louis, and others until 2016.
The street protests subsided with the advent of Trump’s presidency, but this did not mean that activism and organizing weren’t happening behind the scenes. The networks created by those protests nurtured the infrastructure necessary to seed engagement today. The Movement for Black Lives released a policy platform in 2016, pivoting toward increased influence in electoral politics, and advocating for economic justice, investment in education and health care, and reparations. And activists working in Ferguson launched Campaign Zero, a data-driven resource that drew attention to police-union contracts that make it impossible to discipline, investigate, or fire officers for repeated charges of misconduct. Organizers from these groups, along with those from the Black Lives Matter Global Network, have maintained a clarity of focus for years.
Will the current energy continue into the future? I do not know for sure, but there is this since of foreboding. A time for reckoning.
While I do believe that “All Lives Matter”, it is time for America to build a lasting strategy that will address the issue of systematic racism once and for all. For God’s sake it’s been over 400 years. Enough is enough! We have the tools and technology to accomplish the mission.
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