Blue wave or not, Charles Fall, first generation American of Guinean immigrants winning New York State Assembly seat (for district) is a welcoming and an inspiring news to the growing African population in New York, especially the young ones who may be interested in joining politics.
Tuesday night, as journalists and political pundits analyzed and discussed the substance of the elections, some African immigrants across New York but mainly around Staten Island gathered at the democratic victory party to cheer the young, brilliant and energetic Charles Fall as he delivered his victory speech. In his speech, he pledged to advocate for the people of his district and he also acknowledged the role his parents played in inspiring him to serve. Although I couldn’t be there in person, I was there in spirit and fortunate enough to watch it via Facebook live.
Charles is a 29 year old who can serves as inspiration for many African immigrants in New York. He obtained his Masters in Public Administration from Pace University in New York and a Bachelor of Arts from Southwestern College in Kansas. He is married with a daughter. Not to delve into his credentials and biography too much, as most of the information are available on his website.
As you head out to go cast your vote today, please consider the impact of your decision on the future generation. Hence, your choice should reflect your integrity level. Integrity matters in public service so vote wisely!
In the not so distance past, America has used her moral authority to serve humanity and bring about peace and security through cooperation not alienation. However, with the rise of populism globally, it is imperative today to instill integrity in our children through education and one of our most cherished freedoms, such as the right to vote. So, selecting a great public servant is one of the best ways to do your part in teaching our next generation about integrity. We don’t know what the future holds but one thing that is certain is that one of the best ways to counter dangerous populism, corruption, unethical use of technology, business and political practices is by training the young generation integrity. Curriculums and actions that are created with the purpose of promoting integrity end up fostering essential skills and igniting the process of learning in the young minds.
As an aspiring and emerging community leader, I place a significant value on integrity. I believe that integrity should be essential in any meaningful undertaking that has the ability to empower one to alter oneself and his or her environment or the world. As saying goes, education is the key. But, education without integrity is a waste of time that is unrecoverable. More like building a house without a solid foundation. A great education must be embedded with integrity. An education that values integrity enables young people to respect and tolerate each other’s views while expressing their unique experiences and views. In other words, integrity encourages learning and it makes learning fun for the young minds, as they are not afraid to convey their thoughts in a respectable manner.