United: Thoughts on Finding Common Ground and Advancing the Common Good

ಮ United: Thoughts on Finding Common Ground and Advancing the Common Good Online Read ಽ By Cory Booker ೨ ಮ United: Thoughts on Finding Common Ground and Advancing the Common Good Online Read ಽ By Cory Booker ೨ 1 A Conspiracy of Love Know from whence you came If you know whence you came, there are absolutely no limitations to where you can go James Baldwin I hate Henry Louis Gates Jr Okay, I dont, I love him But can I at least say that he is guilty of assault and battery on my ego That he has a talent for inflating the egos of others only to deftly and without warning pop them and then to sport a rascally grin, as if to say, What, did I do something And what was the transgression committed by this public intellectual, this Harvard professor of African American studies, this award winning filmmaker and author and editor of dozens of books It was calling me up and offering me a dream, saying something like, Cory, hey, man, Ive got this show called Finding Your Roots where we trace the ancestry of two individuals . I knew about these shows, of course The premise was to select well known personalitiesOprah, Chris Rock, Barbara Walters, John Legend, Martha Stewartand through research, DNA testing, and , unearth their genealogical roots The stories were fascinating and often shocking, complete with reveals in which guests lit up with joy or were struck with astonishment at the realization of who they are and where they come from Many guests wept at the revelation I think the good professor likes to make people cry on TV I figured he was calling me to invite me to a premiere Well, we decided to do a special about two elected leaders, he said, and I want you to be one of them Interested I almost dropped the phone Interested Are you kidding Id love that But are you sure He responded with something like, Absolutely I thought it would be good to get someone from your generation, an up and comer . He went on saying such nice things about me I didnt care whether or not they were truethey were compliments from a man I looked up to As we talked, I was full of excitement at the prospect of having my genealogy traced Then I thought of something Can I ask who youre pairing me with on the show John Lewis, he said I said nothing I might have stopped breathing He repeated the name deliberately, perhaps to fill the silence, or maybe to stick it to me a bit John Lewis Congressman John Lewis is a living legend, and a hero of mine and to many He was born a son of sharecroppers outside of Troy, Alabama Inspired by Dr Martin Luther King Jr., Lewis left Fisk University to go to the front lines of the civil rights movement in America He helped found and was eventually named chairman of one of the most important civil rights organizations of the time the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee SNCC Lewis organized voter registration drives and sit ins he led the Freedom Rides he was a keynote speaker at the March on Washington More than once he was beaten during his nonviolent protests He was renowned for his humility, self sacrifice, and leadership, and was seen by many as one of the most courageous people in the civil rights movement Today Lewis serves in the House of Representatives thanks to his moral stature, his grace, and his statesmanship, he is considered the conscience of the Congress All of which is to say that Henry Louis Gates Jr had envisioned a show in which he would partner Jimmy Olsen with Superman I did the show, andthis is a phrase I dont throw around lightlyit was life changing Im profoundly grateful to Professor Gates for the opportunity But of course any viewer could detect the difference between our introductions In my head, I heard the announcer in a deep TV ready voice John Lewis, hero of the civil rights movement, marching with grace and determination from Selma, Alabama, to the Edmund Pettus Bridge on what would become forever known as Bloody Sunday He stood at the front lines of history, leading peaceful protestors, courageously standing and praying before Alabama state troopers The troopers fired tear gas, then swarmed into the crowd, wearing gas masks and swinging billy clubs, hitting marchers, striking John Lewis in the skull This righteous and courageous man literally bled the southern soil red for freedom And then, in that same splendiferous voice And Cory Booker, of suburban New Jersey, riding his Big Wheel toward his familys five bedroom, four and a half bathroom house He takes a turn too sharply oh no He falls off, skins his knee, and runs home screaming for his mother He literally bled the northeastern soil red for Big Wheel riders everywhere. Like I said, I dont hate Henry Louis Gates Jr., because he managed to put my life in perspective, in light of what came before, in light of where I came from, in light of our collective American heritage Perhaps he didnt know it or perhaps he did , but this invitation and his revelations about my family gave me my first full glimpse of the beautiful, seemingly infinite lattice that connects us all It compelled me to look closer, to see how my familys journey intersected with and almost immediately benefited from John Lewis and all the others who marched onto that bridge Their collective courage, leadership, and love helped to unlock a literal door for me and my familythey helped to secure for my family and me a New Jersey home Ive said many times of my generation that we drink deeply from wells of freedom and opportunity that we did not dig, that we eat from tables prepared for us by our ancestors, that we sit comfortably in the shade of trees that we did not cultivate We stand on the shoulders of giants My family worked to have me understand that there are two interrelated ethics critical for citizenship One is that we all must take responsibility for ourselves, invest in our own development, strive for personal excellence My family taught me that we are all responsible for our own well being, our growth, and most of all our attitude The most consequential daily decision you make, I was told, is the attitude you choose as you engage in your day. If I was doing a shoddy job of cleaning out the garage, my mother would give it to me about working with the right attitude, about a commitment to excellence I would hear echoes of the civil rights movement in her lectures about personal accountability, complete with Dr Martin Luther King Jr quotes tailored to the chore If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures Sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will have to pause and say, Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well But my family also insisted that personal ethic must be seamlessly bound with a larger communal ethic, a sense of connectedness a recognition that we are all a part of something and have reaped the benefits of the struggles waged by those who had an unwavering commitment to the common good From my earliest days, I was informed that I was the result of a conspiracy spanning space and timethat billions of meritorious actions past and present yielded the abundance I enjoy These twin ethicsresponsibility and connectionreverberated throughout my young life, especially when I started to enjoy personal success In my last years under my parents roof, my father would watch me walking around the house with a particular degree of teenage swagger, and hed make a crack Son, dont you dare walk around this house like you hit a triple, cause you were born on third base Then I would inevitably hear stories about my fathers childhood born poor, to a single mother, in the segregated South He would detail the many people whose acts of kindness, decency, and love had enabled him to escape poverty and dislocation He made it clear to me that I wasthat we in this generation arethe physical manifestation of a conspiracy of love The conspiracy of love wasnt conducted with grand gestures or expansive deeds it was powered by people who practiced consistent acts of decency that, when combined over time and with the acts of others, carried a transformational power My father made it clear to me as a child that I was alive because of the relentless actions of humble people who will never make it into a history book but define the character of this country He called on me to be such a person, to always remember that the biggest thing you can offer on any given day is a small act of kindness.An exceedingly good book, and an important book, and a reminder of what makes Cory Booker an important and, through it all, a promising public figure PolitickerNJ What sets Senator Bookers work apart from that of similar political books is that it seeks to elevate discourse rather than bring down opponents of the opposite partisan persuasion This is a refreshing take, one that is truly worthy of study and contemplation The Huffington Post The Office NBC The is a hilarious documentary style look into the humorous and sometimes poignant foolishness that plagues world of to United Methodist Church 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    • United: Thoughts on Finding Common Ground and Advancing the Common Good
    • Cory Booker
    • Anglais
    • 20 November 2016
    • 240 pages

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