"There is something much more powerful and insidious going on today than possibly even what the late, great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and my personal hero, Ambassador Andrew Young, dealt with in the midst of the civil rights movement of the 1950’s and 1960’s. Dr. King, Young and other noted civil rights leaders of the day dealt squarely with the issues of love vs. hate, but at least they knew for the most part what they were dealing with.
The issue today is not so much an issue of love or hate, but rather radical indifference, and indifference is the death nail of the soul. When I don’t care enough about you to hate you, the world is in bad shape.
Sensing this growing cancer on the spirit of a great country and her people is precisely why I launched Operation HOPE in 1992, following the Rodney King Riots there in South Central Los Angeles, with a series of Bankers Bus Tours. I was seeking to 're-weave the nature of community, and our utter inter-dependence,' back together. Or as Dr. King once said, 'the movement is about saving black men’s bodies and white men’s souls.' What was clear then is also clear now; we are all in this together."
John Hope Bryant, entrepreneur, founder of Operation HOPE, bestselling author of LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World