Hello PeacePlayers! My is David Korang and I am the new Technical Assistant Intern here from Liberty University. I will be graduating in May with a bachelors in Sports Management and hope to begin a career in basketball operations after spending the summer overseas as a sports missionary.
This is a pivotal moment in the civil relations of the United States. The deaths and legal proceedings to end the year have led to protest, riots, and encouraged mistrust between the black community and law enforcement. From Ferguson, Missouri, to New York City, to Berkeley, California, a number of demonstrations have taken place in solidarity of those who have lost their lives and to evoke legal, social, and cultural reform.
America has unmistakably taken great strides to end racism and is often considered a beacon of equality around the world. In comparison to the social climate of 1860s, and 1960s, peace has been achieved but the reality is there is still work to be done. There are still racial differences and prejudices that shape our lives that need to openly be addressed if this country is to move forward. There are still instances where the color of my skin is a hazard to my health or at least influences my credibility regardless of my knowledge, experience, or merit pertaining to the situation.
It is important for us as a nation to open the lines of communication and listen to the experiences of both sides. Too often it seems we are quick to speak but slow to hear from those who may oppose our views and opinions. This is a time when America can begin to bridge racial divides again. Only after listening can we begin to understand and empathize with one another, then develop ways to resolve these issues and move forward as a nation.
Seeing people come together to end conflict is the reason why I enjoy working for PeacePlayers. I know the work we do will help others see past prejudices and other preconceived notions to reconcile relations for peace. We have the privilege to help youth around the world look past racial, ethnical, and religious differences to accomplish a goal on the court, which in return creates off the court trust, respect, and camaraderie. I am honored to be working with PeacePlayers International, and I hope to use the knowledge and approaches we use around the world to help my community grow closer right here in the states.