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We Have A New President But "We Gon' Be Alright"

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This is not a dream, not even a nightmare. We are awake.

And this, my friends, is now our reality. We as a country, have named Donald Trump as our President of the United States and we gon’ be alright.


In a country that was built on the backs of slaves, endured (and continues to endure) wars on racism, classism, and prejudices, we are now being faced with the chance to either stand or lie in defeat.

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On November 4, 2008, many of us stood in lines for hours and endured hours of anticipation at the mere thought of electing our very first African American President, Barack Obama. The one thing that America had made us believe would never happen was finally happen and for the first time in history we were able to loudly proclaim with Young Jeezy that our “President was Black”. It was in that moment that many of us felt a sense of pride, entitlement, and most importantly, hope that maybe our tomorrow would be a little bit brighter than our forefathers’ past. Together, we campaigned for change and together we made it happen.

We were alright then and even today, we gon’ be alright.

In the last 4 years, we have all witnessed the increase in deaths of African American men and women due to senseless crimes and police brutality. These deaths have shook our very core as a community but we did as we have always done in the midst of adversity, we stood in its face and conquered it by protesting, enlisting the help of local and national government officials, and we refused to stop talking until someone listened.

[Tweet "Our voices were powerful then and they were even powerful now, we gon’ be alright."]

Today, we have turned the page in our country.

Contrary to popular belief, the world is not coming to an end and no, it won’t be ending anytime soon. We have to simply accept that we now have a new leader in place. Yes, most of his political campaign has been built on the premises of racism, sexism, classism, and prejudices and yes, many of you may fear that the election of Donald Trump will lead us right back to the place that our ancestors worked so hard to escape.

Even in a place of fear, we gon’ be alright.

On September 2, 1957, during the anniversary of the Highlander Center in Tennessee, Martin Luther King delivered a powerful keynote address entitled, “The South Thinking Ahead”. It was in this speech that he discussed how communities should come together and how we all have to work past any differences we have in religion, race, and class. Today, I echo that sentiment and encourage us as a nation to think ahead.

Even it’s hard, we gon’ be alright.

Despite how you’re feeling today, despite your fears and anxieties, I encourage you all to reflect on the song that so many of us have often sang in our churches that simply says, we shall overcome. Think about it. We have overcome so much and we will continue to overcome.

[Tweet "We shall overcome. We have overcome so much and we will continue to overcome."]

 

We gon’ be alright.

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