“What I say to them is that people are complicated,” Obama told me. “Societies and cultures are really complicated … This is not mathematics; this is biology and chemistry. These are living organisms, and it’s messy. And your job as a citizen and as a decent human being is to constantly affirm and lift up and fight for treating people with kindness and respect and understanding. And you should anticipate that at any given moment there’s going to be flare-ups of bigotry that you may have to confront, or may be inside you and you have to vanquish. And it doesn’t stop … You don’t get into a fetal position about it. You don’t start worrying about apocalypse. You say, O.K., where are the places where I can push to keep it moving forward.”
Where are the places you can and are pushing to move it forward? How are you fighting against the storm of bigotry and hate and white supremacy happening at national, global, and local levels? What are you doing to create ripples of positivity in the world?
I’ve been calling my representatives, signing petitions, donating money to causes I respect, and continuing to volunteer in my community. I’ve been in touch with several teachers about what will be our fifth (!) annual DW Holiday Book Drive and am looking forward to publishing their book registries right after Thanksgiving. I made pumpkin muffins for Jackson’s class today, we’re going to a school fundraiser tomorrow night, and we plan to be as generous as we can at that. (Jackson’s school is about 65-70% non-white, so supporting it and its families feels like a step in the right direction for unity, even if we also directly benefit.) And I may go to a protest march in Manhattan over the weekend. What about you? How you are pushing forward?