Commentary: Can we return character and empathy to the White House?

Commentary: Can we return character and empathy to the White House?
August 26
13:25 2020

By Dr. James B. Ewers Jr.

It has already been concluded and verified that America is in trouble. We are at a virtual crossroads in our history and must determine which road we will travel.

Now, it seems as if we are travelling in a forest with our eyes closed. Our sense of direction and humanity has been lost. Chaos, callousness and confusion are words that are branding our days. What has happened to us?

We know what has happened, at least most of us do. We have a White House that makes many of us feel like we are in an outhouse. The policies and insensitivities of the current administration have made us physically and emotionally sick.

However, with this dire picture being our reality these days, I believe there is help and hope on the way.

The Democratic National Convention was held last week. It was virtual and literally coast to coast.

There were, in my opinion, many highlights to this convention as it may have laid the foundation for conventions to come. Absent were the crowds and the sign waving. Present were strong uninterrupted speeches and how technology can be used to get a message across to the people.

The way the delegates voted for Joe Biden from their home states was flawless and a thing of beauty. The backdrops from each state showed America’s geographical and cultural diversity.

Rousing speeches during the convention created a consistent tone and tenor that better days are ahead. Former President Bill Clinton called the White House a storm center. Hillary Clinton, who ran against the current president, said, “If Trump is re-elected, things will get worse. If we are strong together, we will heal together.”

Since he was elected, we have been living in the divided states of America. Mr. T has systematically made us enemies to one another. Looking out for each other is a thing of the past.

Don’t you want that feeling of caring and concern for your neighbor back? I do and I know you do, too.

Unfortunately, we have people in high places that lie, cheat and steal. They create scenarios that are based upon fabrications and falsehoods. Men and women who are in that house walk in lockstep with him. The truth is not in them. It never was and it never will be.

Kamala Harris said, “There is no vaccine for racism.”

The November elections are getting closer. A main theme throughout the convention was that we must get a plan to vote. We must be intentional in our voting, no matter the method that we use. 

The most important point is that we must vote!

Tears, fears and death have happened because of fighting for our right to vote. We cannot let our ancestors’ torture and torment simply be a part of history.

Do not fall into the trap of thinking that our votes do not count and will not count. The enemy wants us to think that way. This time, we will not be hoodwinked and bamboozled. 

We know what the polls say; however, we cannot fall victim to them again. We must vote.

Former President Barack Obama said, “The Trump administration will tear our democracy down to win.” Coming before we know it will be November 3. Let us hope on that night that Joe Biden will be declared President of the United States of America.

Joe Biden used the words of Ella Baker, human rights activist, in his Democratic acceptance speech. He said, “Give light and people will find a way.” He added, “This is our moment. We will overcome this season of darkness.”

I believe him. I hope you do, too.

James B. Ewers Jr. is a former tennis champion at Atkins High School and played college tennis at Johnson C. Smith University where he was all-conference for four years. He is a retired college administrator and can be reached at

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