Insensitive Leadership

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Republicans were choosing June 19 to be Trump’s first rally after the lockdown. It was not to challenge Juneteenth, but plain insensitiveness. They did not care, so they were not even aware of it.  

Then choosing the convention date in Jacksonville on that date of massacre of the African Americans was the same stupidity – insensitiveness. 

Hillary Clinton calling fellow Americans as deplorable was insensitiveness as well.

Even Obama, whom I admire as an inclusive and sensitive person, made the mistake of separating those who hang on to guns and Bibles.

Mitt Romney was separating people by calling them 47%, and it was insensitive. 

As a community consultant, I have always advised my fellow Americans not to hold any interfaith meeting on Friday evening or on Saturday till sun-down. Be conscious of the people of other faiths about their festivities, congregations, and commemorations, and also be aware of the racial holidays like the Juneteenth or Native American holidays.

Whether you are Republican or a Democrat – if you care about fellow Americans, your language becomes sensitive and when you talk, it will be the language of inclusion and caring.

In Houston some six years ago, the high school basketball matches were set on a Saturday, not knowing Jewish athletes cannot participate on Sabbath – that was insensitiveness. I called in the talk radio and blasted them for their insensitivity. I believe it was the Michael Savage show. 

Insensitiveness is speaking or doing things without caring about how others feel.

Dr. Sahar Khamis says, “But I am sure you agree with me that there is a HUGE difference between someone who makes a mistake ONCE and apologizes for it later, and someone who is by default not only “insensitive,” but also “offensive,” all the time!! Not sure how FAIR it is to draw such a comparison!

People in leadership positions need to care about fellow beings and be sensitive to others. If Trump and his minions were responsive, they would not have chosen these dates and potentially lose the votes of fellow Americans. 

Do you know why the majorities (ethnic, national, racial, religious) are insensitive? Some by choice, and some by ignorance? They think everyone is treated the same way as they do and ignore or discount the mistreatment of their fellow beings as not truthful. 

It is these insensitivities that create pain, anger, and injustice. Let me state this clearly, “My peace and tranquility hinges on the peace of people around me,” and “My safety is tied to the security of people around me.” It behooves me to build societies where all are secure; it guarantees my security. 

Insensitiveness is defined by the dictionary as one’s the inability to respond to affective changes in your interpersonal environment. Insensitivity. Crassitude, crassness – the quality of being crass–devoid of refinement. 

At the Center for Pluralism, and we are committed to building cohesive societies where every American feels secure about his/her faith, race, ethnicity, nationality, or any other uniqueness. We conduct sensitivity training workshops, creating awareness of your surroundings, and becoming a person who cares. Your happiness comes from your ability to be sensitive. God has created us to be unique beings with our thumbprint, eyeprint, and DNA. Let’s honor God by respecting the uniqueness of each one of us. 

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Indeed, blessed are the peacemakers.

Poisoning your kids –

Mike Ghouse is the founder and president of the Center for Pluralism. He is a speaker, thinker, author, consultant, pluralist, activist, news maker, and an interfaith wedding officiant. He is committed to building cohesive societies and offers pluralistic solutions to the media and the policymakers. 

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