United we Stand Divided we Fall
Updated: Jun 2
2020 was a year of reckoning. Following the death of George Floyd, teams and organizations of vocal and engaged activists led a movement, declaring now as the time the American people finally come to terms with its racist past. Communities deeply wounded by past injustices committed against tens of millions of US citizens spanning decades.
These issues aren’t specific to America’s Black community. Native and indigenous Americans
are killed by police at the highest rate in the country. With the recent events surrounding
violence against Asian Americans and the targeted racist attacks against Latino Americans, we need to re-examine how we relate to one another. The ways we communicate provide the basis for any healthy relationship. Is there an opportunity for the American people to bring these communities and others into the national conversation? Is there a way to build a more representative discourse? Together we can establish a national consensus that genuinely represents us all.
More than a list of names
George Floyd (African American)
Paul Castaway (Native American)
Johnny Wheatcroft (White American)
Carlos Ingram-Lopez (Latino American)
Christian Hall (Asian American)
These are a handful of Americans that were brutalized or killed by American law enforcement, across-section of cases that shows the toll taken on a community by an aggressive and understaffed agency. No singular community is spared, and all bear the pain of grief and loss.
The philosopher Cicero teaches us the importance of humility in the face of knowledge. “I am not ashamed to confess that I am ignorant of what I do not know”. The mission of The National Consensus is steeped in that sentiment. The incidents that stole the future away from these five people and countless others are just a snapshot of the deep and systemic problems in criminal justice.
Pleading ignorance vs. Pleading for our future
Cicero says we should not be ashamed to be ignorant of what we don’t know. Last week we
wrote about how Native Americans are killed at the highest rate than any other community by law enforcement. Many were surprised by the revelation, and it is that surprise that is
representative of how deep the rot goes. There will always be challenges faced by communities we don’t see or can’t relate to. Rather than pointing fingers or perpetuating mutual ignorance, perhaps we can look at this for what it is: an opportunity. An opportunity to hear from every community that makes our nation whole so together we can create a new reality that works for all of us.
The National Consensus system guarantees equal representation through its process. Our
Docket will be the consensus of the American people by majority and unanimity of the cultural communities that represent us. This is deliberately done so we can include communities who feel disregarded and ignored in the national conversation. It is also because we need them. Failing to include any one group in achieving a national consensus is doomed to failure.
Your voice, our action. If you are ready to find your voice and help the country create a criminal justice system worthy of us all, sign up here.