This isn’t about the movie, though it was a good one. Spike Lee’s critically-acclaimed story about racial violence and cultures clashing holds relevance for today, but the blog isn’t about that. It’s literally about doing the right thing.
Is this hard? I don’t find it to be so, but maybe I haven’t been tested. I read yet another article about one troubled organization whose governing board did not do the right thing. The board is supposed to review financial documents diligently, ask hard questions, and expect integrity from the staff. In reviewing the members of that governing board, I recognized a name. Oklahoma’s not a big place, so it was bound to happen, but I was still saddened.
Have you seen those small newspapers at the convenience store which have all the mugshots of people arrested that week? I used to pick that up out of curiosity to ensure none of my students was in there. Until one day one of them was. It was something dumb, not heinous, but still. Just do the right thing man!
I want to believe that parents are raising their children to do the right thing. It’s not always obvious what that is, but so many times it really is obvious. We don’t call people names. We don’t hit. We help others when we can. We aren’t greedy. We all agree on these things, right?
Even when leaders don’t set examples, even when students make mistakes, we hopefully can all come back to that basic mantra — just do the right thing.