Speaking Point: The death of Trayvon Martin is tragic. Seems like everyone is focusing on hoodies and our right as Americans to wear them. Instead of focusing on hoodies, we need to ask ourselves why people wearing them scare us, but our slovenly image as a nation, doesn’t seem to bother us at all.
Speaking Point: Yes, it’s true that we do judge a book by its cover. Yes, we do size people up by the way they look. Yes, we have the honor of being the worst dressed nation in the modern world today. So why the heck aren’t we focusing on that? We look pretty ugly and our behavior isn’t beautiful either. Only a small percentage of Americans present themselves with pride and honor anymore and it didn’t used to be that way.
Speaking Point: If more Americans dressed respectably then perhaps our national paranoia of ethnic profiling would diminish. And if more Americans remembered that in a civilized society we need manners and good grooming, we could all relax more.
Speaking Point: We have, as in Florida, put vigilantes in neighborhoods to police our streets. Perhaps we wouldn’t need them if we learned to police our own personal standards. Me? I hold myself accountable to a higher standard: one that comes from a higher source. I take pride in who I am. I respect my body and care for it well. I bring beauty into every place I can and I honor others with respect and kindness. Integrity and honor guide my dealings in business and in life.
Speaking Point: Maybe in light of Trayvon’s death, we can all join together to end stupidity and step it up for our country. People who care about themselves are able to care more for others. Ugliness radiates from the inside out. The only hoodie we should care about is the one we need to put over our eyes as we hide in shame.