Saturday, December 6, 2014
OPINIONS: George W. Bush, former President of the U.S. calls Grand Jury’s decision not to Indict Officer Pantaleo ‘hard to understand”
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OPINIONS: George W. Bush, former President of the United States calls Grand Jury’s decision not to Indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo "hard to understand"
By Aubrey R. Taylor
Publisher of Houston Business Connections Magazine
A lot of times, our calling in life is connected to the things we're most passionate about. But be reminded today that passion unchecked can lead us down the wrong path. We each have a calling! So don’t ever forget the fact that your calling may not involve you going out to protest injustices by marching, or throwing your body down in the middle of a busy freeway. Nope. God may be calling you to use your wisdom, resources, intellect, gifts, talents, and education to mobilize people in a different way. Maybe you should think about tackling economic and racial injustice you believe to exist in America by organizing people to vote. Or maybe you should seriously consider starting a business. Or perhaps the way you are going to make a difference in America is by becoming a legislator, judge, attorney, governor, mayor, city council member, senator, congressman, or community activist.
You know, you could very well be the person whom God has called to usher in the change you're waiting for someone else to deliver to you!
There are times in life when you should get angry. But what you do in those times is extremely important. The deaths of Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri (two young black males) at the hands of those sworn to protect us has open a much needed dialogue about race in America.
And as I have said before, I believe we can gain victory over half the battles we’re facing in America today by simply making sure that we’re doing our part to put people of God who have a heart for us into positions of authority on a local, state and federal level.
Again, my call is for us to do everything we can to put Godly people with a heart for us into positions of authority. There’s a passage of scripture I once read in the book of Proverbs 29:2 that states: “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.”
Here’s what former President George W. Bush told CNN reporter Candy Crowley recently about the grand jury’s decision in Eric Garner’s death:
"You know, the verdict was hard to understand…But I hadn't seen all the details -- but it's sad that race continues to play such an emotional, divisive part of life."
Bush went on to tell Crowley that he believed the United States has improved since the 1970s, when he was young, as he openly shared his memories about race riots with American cities being burned.
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