How to be a badass in 2016
- by admin
It is a year after Donald Trump’s inauguration, and that means we are seeing a renewed sense of outrage over police violence against African Americans.
A year after the deaths of Freddie Gray, Michael Brown and Eric Garner, we have seen protests across the country over police killings of unarmed people.
This is a very different era.
For the first time in more than a century, there is a new president who will be sworn in and the president-elect will be inaugurated on January 20.
But even as we grapple with a new administration, we must remember that this is a time when we can take comfort in our history and our shared humanity.
It is not a time to be afraid of people who have never been afraid before, and we are the ones who have to bear the brunt of the pain of that history.
It’s time to say enough is enough.
As the first African American president, I want to assure the American people that I will never hesitate to call out those who are the most egregious and egregious in their behavior, to call them out and to call their names, even if I cannot physically do so.
We will not be intimidated by fear or hate or fearmongering.
We have the right to speak out, and our voices must be heard.
I am also a firm believer that we are one nation under God, and I believe in the power of dialogue and dialogue over violence.
The fact is that there is an overwhelming amount of violence against people of color and other people of colour in our communities and across the United States.
I’ve been fighting for the rights of all people of Color in this country for a long time.
I stand by my support of the Black Lives Matter movement, which has been around for decades.
I believe that the black community has been neglected by our government, that there are structural barriers that have kept us from making progress.
I also believe that we must address systemic racism in our country, that we have a responsibility to build the kind of communities where people of all races and ethnicities can thrive.
In all of these ways, I am a strong supporter of the work of the black civil rights movement, and while I have never publicly endorsed Black Lives Matters, I have said that we cannot and must not let up fighting for justice for all.
In this election, the country is asking for a president who is willing to speak truth to power and to speak the truth about what is happening in our society.
The president-election is not just a question of who is going to be in the White House.
It could be a question about who will have a chance to lead our country and how we are going to lead.
The country needs someone who will speak truth, not just to the voters but also to the people of this country, because we are all in this together.
The best way to do that is to be as authentic as we can be, and the best way we can do that in this new year is to get to know the people who will lead this country.
So I look forward to welcoming President-elect Trump to the White Street Plaza, to the Capitol and to the streets of Washington, D.C. as we all get to work to ensure that this administration is guided by the values of the American Dream.
The American Dream is the American dream for everyone.
The dreams of every American have a promise, a promise to the future.
It begins with a commitment to each other, to each one of us.
It includes the promise of a job and a home.
It starts with the belief that our children will grow up free and in love and safe and secure, and with the promise that our grandchildren will rise to the challenges of the 21st century and lead the world.
We must work together to achieve those goals.
In that spirit, I invite you to join me in welcoming President Donald Trump to our nation on January 21.
The views expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
It is a year after Donald Trump’s inauguration, and that means we are seeing a renewed sense of outrage over…