To: The Athlete and the Rapper,
Attn: Colin Keapernik, Meghan Rapinoe, Will Smith and Kanye West
You all must have heard about destiny and destination. Both sound similar, right! Well, what made them so similar is also what separate them into different paths – wherefore destiny is pre-determined, and destination, self-determined.
You all are at your destiny now, as an athlete or a successful rapper. But being an athlete or a rapper is not your destination. It is an acquired status. What you do with that acquired status is what leads you to your destination.
Taking a knee for a good cause is a starting point, but you have to move on from being a partisan activist to doing something for the greater good of all – regardless of color, gender, class and race. It is the only way to outpace your destiny, and bring the community with you. That is why i wrote to you at the beginning of your protest, and that is why i am writing again.
Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. Hebrews 11:24-25 He stepped away of his destiny as an adopted Prince, so as to do more for the poor, the weak and the helpless.
My point here is, form a political party or you all could sign up to mine. Together we’ll have better chances of improving the lot of all minority groups. We’ll be operating outside the two existing ones – that is, if you seriously agree with the fact that they are responsible for formulating policies that have so far denied the African American men, LGBT and a few others, the benefits of education, commerce, equality and industry.
Unlike the National Urban League and the NAACP, a political party allows the community to choose who best represent them in the U.S. Congress. And as a third party, you are part of a legislative body. You compromise when you want or bargain – for the benefit of all, when you deemed right. And if you have other minority groups with you, then why the need to end up in the hallway of activists?
This is the millennial. Activism is another form of entertainment… not the best thing for the African American community or the LGBT as at now.
That art is dying out with Al Sharpton and his Democratic party peers. Let it go. Let’s start a new chapter.
You can do more than getting your voices drowned in the midst of cheers.
Abbey S. Laurel-Smith (SmithieForPresident)
ReBuildUSAtoday and The PILGRIMS Alliance party of America
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