I’ve become a Tom Brokaw fan. From his reporting as an anchorman for NBC News, to his great book, The Greatest Generation http://tinyurl.com/39ltgcy , where he beautifully describes his father’s generation of World War II vets, I have admired his focus and style of storytelling. This morning’s discovery reinforced the positive admiration I have for his work. I watched his documentary on USA Network Tom Brokaw Presents Bridging the Divide http://tinyurl.com/32ropjn . It is showing again soon and I encourage everyone to watch it.
I cannot say it better than the description on USA’s website:
Nearly fifty years since the beginning of the civil rights movement in America, what is the status today of racism, religious freedom, equality for women, gay rights, access for people with disabilities, bullying among kids and more? Tom Brokaw Presents Bridging the Divide dives head first into these complex issues facing the nation’s increasingly diverse population, and looks at the impact of the current economy, the rise of technology, social media and the 24-hour news cycle. Brokaw speaks to a wide array of experts to get beyond the salacious headlines and provide a truer and more complete picture of where the country stands.
He’ll also introduce us to champions of change, ordinary citizens doing extraordinary work in communities around the country to help put an end to social injustice.
What action should you take based on the new knowledge you will learn from his documentary? Pick from among the many causes and issues he highlights and get involved in any way you see fit. You will then be part of the solution rather than either part of the problem or a person who stands by and does nothing. Please remember the words of Edmund Burke, “All that’s necessary for the forces of evil to win in the world is for enough good men to do nothing.”