I still believe in America

I’ve had a lot of people tell me this morning that it was “going to be ok.” That “everything is going to be ok.”

As a brown boy, I have had to confront the reality of racism very early. I still have a couple of the scars from post-9/11 violence to show it.

It’s a safe bet to say that if you’re reading this, you probably weren’t alive during the Japanese internment in 1942. And probably not during WWII. Any many of you will never have to worry about that during your life, ever.
But the reality is, that is what has been going through my head all day. I don’t expect you to understand. It’s ok if you don’t.

For me, it’s not simply about the economy, or policies. It’s about confronting the reality of racial divide that still exists in this country today. It never went away. It’s still there.

All.
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Of.
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This.
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Is.
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Reality.
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And it’s only just beginning.

Don’t tell me that “it’s going to be ok.”

It’s not going to be ok.

I’m incredibly scared right now.

But I refuse to give up now.

I still believe in America.

 
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