In order to improve, we have to be willing to admit to our mistakes.
The following are messages that America desperately needs to hear. Before watching the following video, I was, in a sense, colour blind. This message has the power to help both sides on the ideological divide understand each other (at least on this important issue).
I would also urge Americans to watch the documentary Crips and Bloods: Made in America. Some black Americans are trapped in circumstances which are extremely hard to escape.1
"ASSUME THAT THE PERSON YOU ARE LISTENING TO MIGHT KNOW SOMETHING YOU DON’T."
This is rule 9 in Jordan Peterson's book 12 Rules for Life . If American's can take this rule to heart, they might save themselves a civil war. (America has divided into two seemingly irreconcilable tribes. Why? See A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles. See also John Anderson's (former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia) interview of Glenn Loury about the issues which face Black Americans and America as a whole today. See here.)
If each community, including the police community, take responsibility for their own actions, America will be ok. (It’s not easy to do though. "With humility comes wisdom." That's what the good book says. For an excellent example of the kind of humility that earns respect and leads to change see the chapter “Extreme Ownership” in Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin.2)
Amongst the countries in the Western world America faces unique challenges due to it being the main target of a hostile power, which sought to increase the number of people within America's borders who would seek to destroy its traditions, values, and institutions. Their goal was to increase tensions, divide the country, and bring it to the point of collapse. That power no longer exists, but what they set in motion has gathered momentum and may destroy America yet. See here and here. (A black American, Manning Johnson, wrote about one of the ways they sought to do this in Color, Communism, and Common Sense. Today hostile powers are using a similar strategy against America and the West. See here and here. Many people today imagine that they can create an economic system where all people are treated equally, but all systems of government reward some people financially, and punish others—including communism. See here. No matter how benevolent and wise the leaders in a communist country are, communism is not sustainable due to the problem of price controls. See George Reisman's book The Government Against the Economy.3)
It is true that America and the West have many things to be ashamed of (see the film America's Forgotten); but there are many things to be proud of too. See here. Unfortunately for Americans (and particularly for those Americans who call themselves Christians), their sins are more obvious to outsiders than many of the good things they have done—and are doing.
At the heart of most of America’s problems today, is hypocrisy—particularly in the church (see here). If enough people who call themselves Christians do not stop pretending to be better than they are, American’s will lose all their freedoms, and the rest of the world will begin to collapse into turmoil. (Christians must also take a good hard look at some of the things they have accepted as God’s truth; if the Church is not reformed, the salt will be taken out and trampled on. See An Open Letter to the Church Leadership)
Hopefully wisdom will prevail.4
Note: I put the following video on this page before I, or the general public, knew what this man was doing. So it is only appropriate that I share this link about the Ravi Zacharias Scandal.
1. Some racists amongst white intellectual elites, have convinced many young black American’s that it’s a waste of time to try and escape such circumstances by working and studying hard (see Wealth, Poverty, and Politics by Thomas Sowell). They don't want blacks to succeed. Many young blacks are convinced that there is no point in even trying.
2. And just because some black Americans emphasis personal responsibility, and believe they have not experienced systemic racism (and therefore do not see themselves as victims of systemic racism), it does not make them Uncle Toms. I strongly recommend that those who label black Americans as Uncle Toms, watch the videos Uncle Tom and What Killed Michael Brown? I also suggest that they listen to the following speech by a black representative. See here. (Tulsi Gabbard explains the real reason why so little gets done in Washington DC. See here. See also How political parties can select better candidates through improving their system of voting.)
3. “Every commentator on current affairs who is not a fully trained economist ought to read this book if he wants to talk sense. I know no other place where the crucial issues are explained as clearly and convincingly as in this book.” - F. A. Hayek, Nobel Laureate, in Economics for 1975
4. America is in real danger of becoming a techno-authoritarianism state (see here). The following is from an email I received in early 2021.
"Think of a country where a small group of people decide what is truth and what is fiction.
This group isn’t held accountable for its decisions. They get away with anything they like. Hiding behind giant media and tech companies, or corrupt third party “fact checkers,” these mysterious people decide what you can see...what you can hear...and what you can say.
This group of unknown people not only control the information you receive, but they routinely ruin people’s social status and careers through censorship, cancellation, and slander—just by pressing a few buttons on a keyboard.
I’m not talking about Russia. Or China. I’m talking about today’s America and the power of Big Tech."