This earlier weekend, I spoke for the second time on the second annual Black Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., hosted by Turning Point USA. Turning Point was primarily based in 2012 by then-18-year-old Charlie Kirk. Its site describes its goal as in search of “to identify, educate, train, and organize students to promote the principles of freedom, free markets, and limited government.”
In addition to the Black Leadership Summit, Turning Point holds completely different annual gatherings, along with the Young Women’s Leadership Summit, the Young Latino Leadership Summit and the Student Action Summit. Turning Point, in line with Kirk, has established chapters at over 1,000 school campuses all through the nation. In a short time, the group has become pretty a drive.
In an interview with Business Insider, Kirk requested: “Have you ever seen a conservative shout down a liberal speaker on campus? Isn’t that kind of strange, though, that the left does that every day and conservatives don’t?” He argues: “We live in a broken culture. Where the conservative movement is making gains really quick and where the left is really struggling right now is that we are offering remedies for a broken culture.”
Not too surprisingly, Turning Point won’t be with out controversy. A column inside the conservative Washington Examiner written by a college senior insists: “TPUSA is initially participating to many youthful people due to the group’s savvy promoting using memes, posters, and catchy slogans reminiscent of ‘socialism sucks.’ And at first look, it will seem like an excellent issue for the conservative movement.
“But everyone should be concerned by the mainstreaming of TPUSA and Kirk. … In reality, it’s an organization that pulls kids too young to know any better into a group that’s deeply troubled and dishonest at its core.”
These youthful people did not assume of themselves as victims. They acknowledged their success as Americans dwelling in a country of different the place their very personal future will in all probability be vibrant within the occasion that they work exhausting. In my speech, I quoted black liberal Harvard sociology professor Orlando Patterson, who 28 years previously wrote: “The sociological truths are that America, while still flawed in its race relations … is now the least racist white-majority society in the world; has a better record of legal protection of minorities than any other society, white or black; offers more opportunities to a greater number of black persons than any other society, including all those of Africa.”