Former NFL All-Pro and Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush appeared on Fox’s Speak for Yourself and had a blunt message for the black community when it comes to reducing violence:
⁉️Darnell's Question of The Day: In the wake of Nipsey Hussle, what can we do to reduce violence in the black community?
— Speak For Yourself (@SFY) April 2, 2019
His solution was pretty staight forward. Get FATHERS back into families, and stop making yourself a victim.
Bush was grateful for the opportunity to address the wildly important issue:
“This is such a deep question, and honestly, I’m so thankful that Fox would take this leap of faith to even allow us to talk about this because the only way I feel like things can change is if we have conversations like this with a platform like this.”
He then spoke about his childhood:
“But I will speak to my personal upbringing. My real dad was not in my life growing up. And so the foundation of why I wanted to be so great on the football field was I wanted to make my dad jealous, right? And I had this resentment and this aggression that I grew up with towards my real dad. And as I got older I realized my dad never had his dad in his life. I just posted something about this on Instagram the other day. My dad met his dad for the first time five years ago. My dad is 53 years old. And my biological grandfather, who I still have never met to this day, lived in L.A. this whole time.”
He draws from this experience in his message:
“So to me, we’ve got to get back to the foundation at home with the parenting. And a lot of my boys who I grew up with didn’t have their dads. A lot of guys I knew in the NFL didn’t have their dads growing up. So for me, I learned from a lot of the men through football. Football ultimately became that father for me because that is where there were other men there. Now the issue with that is I’m learning from other men who are just as broken as me.
“And so I think a good start is getting back to the foundation of where kids are young and making them understand that listen, just because you have a tough upbringing doesn’t mean you can’t go on to be successful.”
He’s so right.
ANYONE can succeed if they work at it. That’s the beauty of this nation. We may not all be born with a silver spoon in our mouths, but we can all amount to something.
h/t Daily Wire