This is a very interesting story about a 12 year-old boy who earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 2.5 years, earning twice the number of merit badges necessary.  It’s interesting in part because the lad is lauded as “the youngest African-American Eagle Scout in the country.”

James Hightower

There are six new sets of bleachers at Kletzsch Park, and a 12-year-old is responsible.  It’s a project that’s helping him make history.

Standing next to the bleachers he helped build, James Hightower III recited the Scout Oath ‘On my honor I will do my best, to do my duty to God and my country, and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.’

His father, James Hightower II, tells TODAY’S TMJ4’s Jesse Ritka how much being in The Boy Scouts means to the Hightower family, ‘We believe in scouting.  Where else can a young man, at the age of 10 or 11 start a oath by saying ‘on my honor’?  It starts with saying ‘on my honor’ and those are very powerful words and words to live by.

By all means, take the link and see the related video.  The little guy is just about as cute as it gets, and an impressive kid too.

Who cares what color he is?  This is a remarkable accomplishment for any young man.  Compare James Hightower III, please, to Trayvon Martin, the latest martyr of the black grievance industry

Who is worthy of emulation by children of any race?

Perhaps James’ example can help to inspire other black kids to greater achievement, and if so, fine.  But wouldn’t America be best served if we praised the accomplishments of James Hightower III because of those accomplishments and the character, dedication, and determination they reveal, rather than his race?

We should think of James as a very young Eagle Scout who happens to be black, rather than as a black Eagle Scout.  Somehow, I suspect that’s the way James and his parents see themselves.