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Black Lives Matter Protester Shows Up At Trump Rally - Things Do Not Go As Planned

There’s a lot of division across the country on a number of issues, and that sense of division sparks a ton of passion. While there are folks out there that can calmly and eloquently state their positions without adding fuel to the fire, the loudest voices with the most incendiary points seem to get all of the attention. As a result, the prevailing narrative is that things are really bad. However, if you look really hard, there are signs that things may not be as downright awful as they seem. Of course, the caveat to that statement is that those examples come from folks that are willing to hear a differing viewpoint without flying off the rails about that.

As A Plus shares, an interesting example of that concept materialized at a recent pro-Trump rally. An organizer of the rally decided to provide a platform for Hawk Newsome, the president of Black Lives Matter Greater New York, to address the crowd.

"What we're going to do is something you're not used to, we're going to give you two minutes of our platform to put your message out," the organizer said. "Whether they [the crowd] disagree or agree with your message is irrelevant. It's the fact that you have the right to have that message."

Newsome took the stage to mixed reaction from the crowd, and he delivered his message.

"I am an American!" Newsome said. "You ask why there's a Black Lives Matter movement? Because you can watch a black man be killed and choked to death on television and nothing happens."

The former comment sparked cheers, while the latter sparked some boos. Undeterred, Newsome delivered his message.

"If we really want to make America great, we do it together," he concluded.

Well said. Newsome’s final remarks drew applause from the audience. He offered up some insight on what the experience was like for him.

"I'm trying to open the floor to a conversation that really needs to be had," Newsome said. "It's crazy because I would have looked at the same Trump supporters five minutes prior to taking the stage as people that are there supporting the deprivation of my rights."

Video of the moment has exploded online, and Newsome has received mostly positive reaction.

"Right now, there are people at opposite ends of an issue that are hurling insults at one another, screaming at one another, and — look what happened in Charlottesville — we're even fighting and hurting one another," he added. "But I ask you this: who is talking to one another? Who is opening up the lines of communication?"

As for his critics, he’s not letting that take away from what he viewed as an important step towards advancing the conversation in a productive fashion.

"Anyone who considers us a disgrace to the BLM name because we extended an olive branch or communicated to those who are beyond communication, I encourage them to look at the work we've done over the last year," Newsome added. "How could you be mad at us for trying to build a bridge?"

Anyone that would be angry about efforts to build a bridge may not want the bridge built at all. That’s for those folks to figure out on their own, but this is a great example of what’s possible when people stop arguing and start listening. When we all do more of the latter and less of the former, things can actually change for the better.

Source: A Plus
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