This book is a practical guide for encouragement and empowers readers to embrace a moral compass within the United States after the anomaly of the 2016 Presidential Election and the divisiveness throughout and following the general election. The author seeks to compel the reader to consider “Nationalism” as “National Identity” and to view it in psychological terms as a “National” “awareness of difference”, and a “Compassionate” “feeling and recognition of ‘we’ and ‘they’”.
This book by Daniel Blackman focuses on what unites us as a nation rather than what divides us as a people. We need people like you to invest in US and spread the message that we are stronger together.
When John Lennon was 5 years old, his teacher asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up, and he wrote down ‘happy’; and when his teacher told him that he didn’t understand the assignment, he answered, “you don’t understand life.”
A commercial begins with the face of a seemingly middle-aged white woman who looks angry, but could pass for a “run-of-the-mill” soccer mom who is active in her local PTA and or homeowners association. But in an instant, her rhetoric transforms her into an instrument of division, an instigator of fear, and the voice of extreme nationalism.
Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country.
Daniel and I want the same things. He is providing the blueprint for transforming our collective anxiety into meaningful change at a time when division and cynicism is at its peak. I, for one, will be following the steps laid out in Daniel’s plan.
Respected activist, civil rights leader and community organizer, Daniel Blackman has been a servant leader focusing on what it will take to secure true equality for all Americans and to empower the next generation to lead toward a better future.
The former Georgia Political Director for the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign of 2016, Daniel was the first African-American to run for office in Forsyth County, Georgia and was the 2014 Democratic Nominee for Georgia’s Public Service Commission, accumulating 1.1 million votes statewide.
He is proud to have served the Georgia Supreme Court Commission on Children, Marriage and Family Law, and was honored to be 1 of 65 emerging leaders invited to a multi-faith “Climate Convergence” in Rome, Italy and Vatican City to discuss the Paris climate negotiations and the release of the papal encyclical.
During his fearless and solution-driven speeches, Daniel is often referred to as “a voice of reason,” who finds common ground regardless of political or ideological differences, by focusing on what unites us as a nation rather than what divides us as a people. In the aftermath of the volatile 2016 political season, and in response to civil unrest, post election anxiety, and misguided anger, Daniel has written The 8th Social Sin: Nationalism without Compassion— as a “red, white, and blue-print” that is working to build an America where everyone counts. In his own words, Blackman says, “a strong nation should be able to meet the needs of its people without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own.
Drawing from real-life stories from his efforts and the struggles of others, he rallies audiences to continue working towards progress.
Civil and Human Rights Leader, Social Entrepreneur & Author
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