“Freedom is a fragile things and is never more than a generation from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people.”
Former President Ronald Reagan’s words never rung truer than they do right; not with all we are facing as a nation. The word freedom is one that should mean more than an actually does especially since this quote is over 30 years old. Freedom is without a doubt fragile and I actually believe it is something that needs to be seriously reexamined as I think we need to as a nation reassess if we truly understand what it means and answer two questions: are we really living ensuring freedom for all, and if not what are we going to do to make sure that it is in fact freedom for all.
At the heart of social awareness it focuses on: 1. Affording us the ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others, including those from diverse backgrounds and cultures. and 2. Giving us the ability to understand social and ethical norms for behavior. It is evident that we as a society have only just begun to scratch the service on these two areas.
Freedom is defined as the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint. As is currently being seen in the protests, this is not happening which further makes me question if we are truly free. Now we are, in my opinion, fighting for all black lives and their true freedom due to the unjust things that have been going on for far too long. This freedom also includes equity which is definitely not occurring. We need to as a nation (which includes the powers that be) own up to the mistakes of not only the past but what has happening in recent weeks and months as well has what is happening now and what has yet to happen. We tell our children that they need to own up to things when they are wrong, yet why aren’t we modeling the same thing? It makes us all look like the biggest hypocrites around.
So in order to really embody freedom for this nation step one is admitting and apologizing to the oppressed, which is currently all Black Americans. The second step is making long lasting changes to our current practices as it comes to law enforcement policies and procedures as well as other national and local laws/policies that are having adverse affects too on ensuring that equitable rights are really occurring in all walks of life. And step three is making sure there is a checks and balances in place so that we can always be socially aware of the people and the world around us. Like science has taught us, for every action there is a reaction. Let’s make sure that our actions deliver the positive reactions that our people so rightfully deserve. And in this case for all Black people. When this can be done, then freedom will truly ring.
What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards becoming more socially aware?