There is an African Proverb that says, “if you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” At a pivotal point in the history of the United States, we as a nation are very divided which is leading to great violence and unrest. That is why I am very glad that Tim Scott, a Republican Senator from South Carolina, went to the Congress Floor three times last week to talk about recent tragic events including police officers and U.S citizens to voice unity. The first two times he went to the floor, he talked about support for police officers, as well as race relations, including his own run ins with police officers while being a senator.
However, I really want to highlight the last speech Scott gave. His speech reminded his listeners the true greatness of America. In the midst of chaos, it is very easy to forget how transformed the United States has become. This is the place where his family, as Scott describes it, “went from cotton to congress in one generation.” He was elected as an African American Senator in the place where the Civil War actually started, which is the first congressional district of South Carolina. He also mentioned that the nation has been through some difficult times (World Wars, 9/11, The Great Depression, etc). These recent events are nothing new to the history of the United States of America, and if any country can get through this, this is the country to do it.
Scott offered very realistic improvements for the law enforcement system. He talked about police officers having body cams in order to better understand their interactions on a normal basis. He also presented improving the police tracking system, as well as encouraging the police to get to know the community better.
He implied that the government can help to provide peace, but that it cannot be the only component to the solution. Scott emphasized how the private sector can provide unity. He described that we as a nation are a “family.” Fighting can exist within a family, but ultimately love is what keeps us together. That is why Scott encouraged us to love each other as ourselves and to listen to each other to solve problems.
In closing, Scott brilliantly said,”we have been through so much, but a bright future is still there for our taking. Let’s make sure we grab it together.” This speech lives me great tranquility that there are people in congress taking their calling of public service very seriously, but more importantly, who are dedicated to the future of America.