Civil rights activist offers answers to BLM: ‘Character’ brings people from ‘poverty to prosperity’

Civil rights activist Bob Woodson, founder of The Woodson Center, offered a proven answer to left-wing groups like Black Lives Matter that are “profiting from the deaths of blacks” in America’s inner cities without offering much help.

In an appearance Sunday on Fox News’ “Life, Liberty & Levin,” Woodson explained that a person’s “character” can propel them from “poverty to prosperity.”

“There have been models of moral and spiritual excellence where people in these communities are applying old values to a new vision…but they were in isolation,” he explained.

Examples of these “old values” being marriage and personal responsibility.

“We need to embrace what they have done. We need to talk about it. We need to do movies about it. We must promote examples,” Woodson told Fox News host Mark Levin. “People want to see a sermon. They don’t want to hear any more about sermons. And so if you want to convince people of the righteousness of your cause, of the soundness of the virtues and values of the nation, then we must do as Jesus did, and that is healed in the presence of people and didn’t say doubt to doubters. ‘Go back and report what you’ve seen.'”

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He further explained that of all values, attitude may be the most important when it comes to overcoming poverty.

“The Woodson Center has enough models on the ground of moral and spiritual excellence that exemplifies what Chuck Swindoll wrote about,” Woodson said. “He said, ‘I am convinced that life is 10 percent of what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it.’ We are in charge of our attitude. It is more important than the past, than education, than circumstances, than failure, than success, than any of the thing that people would say or do about this.”

“In other words, it is character that is, it represents the principal means by which people excel and move from poverty to prosperity,” he added, explaining that these values are “the foundation of America’s founding values and virtues.”

Woodson said these values need to be promoted as “the spokesperson against the naysayers who are profiting from the death of blacks in these cities, and their despair.”

Levin asked his guest if anyone in the Biden administration has contacted him to learn more about his models that show the results of such values.

“No, they haven’t,” Woodson replied. “Nor have they been able to answer how ending institutional racism will address the challenges facing the inner-city.”

Noting that there were 400 people murdered over the 4th of July weekend, he asked how does ending institutional racism address that problem?

Addressing the obsession of late on white supremacy, Woodson said, “I think this is fueling a lot of the violence. If you’re saying white people are superior, you’re saying that black people are inferior. And in both cases, it is destructive.”

Levin asked Woodson if he was optimistic or pessimistic about the next 5-10 years?

“I am optimistic because I have to be. We have come too far as a nation to turn back,” he said. “There is no other place in the world like America. If civilization fails here, it fails all over the world. People of color are risking their lives to get here. I’m determined to spend the rest of my life rescuing this country from itself.”

“David fought Goliath, I remember who won that fight,” Woodson concluded.

“As long as the American people are engaged and aware of what’s taking place, I am optimistic too,” Levin said in closing.

Tom Tillison

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