Jon Batiste, band leader on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, decided that he wanted to talk about the racial divide that is plaguing our country. As the election draws closer, tensions seem to be at an all-time high. This, in addition to the fact that more black men are becoming hashtags every week thanks to racially biased police departments around the country.
To help clear up the misunderstanding that white people have about black people, Batiste filmed a PSA.
The star-studded PSA entitled, "Hey White People" addresses recurring racial misunderstandings and touches on areas we all are familiar with.
Kevin Hart asks," Why do you assume that all black people know each other? You think we all meet at Oprah’s house once a month and discuss black people stuff?".
Samuel L. Jackson even adds in his feelings on the matter asking, "How rich do I have to be for white people to not have to ask me if I'm the caddy?".
Anthony Anderson speaks his mind on some the things he's seen like white people walking around with no shoes on everywhere and kissing their dogs in the mouth.
Check out the video, then ask yourself, if you could get the attention of white people, what would you ask them?
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We are days away from the 2016 presidential election. This time around, the feeling isn't as exciting. In fact, deciding on who will lead America next is quite depressing and feels like pending doom. Choosing the next President is a serious task. The winner is married to us and this country for at least the next four years. Unfortunately, when you think of this election as a marriage you realize that it's like choosing between the person who betrayed your trust or the person who gets married just for the actual wedding and nothing more.
However you choose to view the looming election, both candidates have a lot of work to do if they plan to sway young black voters to hit the polls, let alone vote for them.
Christopher Prudhome, head of a nonpartisan group that is dedicated to registering young voters told the New York Times, “Young people feel discouraged and apprehensive about the political process as is, and then they look at the two options in front of us." In regards to Hillary Clinton, he added, “Nobody has seen an agenda for African-American millennials. I don’t think they believe she cares about them.”
GenForward is a survey created by the Black Youth Project at the University of Chicago with the Associate Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The monthly survey is comprised of racially and ethnically diverse young adults. The survey asked a couple of questions that prove the indifference when it comes to options for young black voters.
The findings show that many of us are so anti-Trump that we feel forced to vote for Clinton. The survey also determined that participants wanted a better 3rd party candidate as a buffer. There was hesitancy when it came to whether or not Clinton was qualified, yet Bernie Sanders was a clear favorite for this demographic of voters. Sanders was also the most voted for among the group in this year's presidential primary and caucus.
Clinton has tried to follow in the footsteps of Bernie Sanders and launch an HBCU tour, but there's one huge difference. She's not the one showing up. Outside of her appearance at Johnson C. Smith University Thursday in Charlotte, her absence is felt by sending in campaign surrogates.
Clinton and Donald Trump both have converged upon sacred ground by visiting black churches.
Can you imagine how painful it must feel to go to your place of worship and see the man whose overseer mentality makes him believe that he can make America great again? As if slavery and the Jim Crow era are something we would willingly sign up for.
Just like the record turnout of young black voters in the 2008 presidential election, there is a high expectation for elected officials.
More than ever black millennials are calling out the injustices that plague our community and stand in expectation of reform. Think on Clinton referring to some young criminals as "super predators" and how as First Lady she watched her husband sign legislation imposing stiff sentences for nonviolent offenders. How can you not feel the sting of betrayal and the hollow sound of our souls as we watched our brothers and sisters snatched up in a system that it took a powerful black man to get them vindicated?
But she isn't alone in this.
On too many occasions Trump has described us as living in poverty and crime-stricken neighborhoods. He has used a community's grief as foundation for a 140 character tweet. He even had the audacity to ask us, "What do you have to lose?" in regards to voting for him. The answer? Everything. Are our lives an experiment that will go up in flames like your failed businesses? Will you bankrupt our souls too?
So the feeling of being without options, the desire to not be sold dreams that aren't in stock, the need for lies to not be camouflaged as a woman with a cape, are well warranted.
At the end of the day if you look at our criminal justice system, systemic racism, and the fact that we will have allowed black people to live in communities where fresh water and clean soil are optional, what do you expect from us?
It's either #GirlIGuessImWithHer or #MakeAmericaGreatAgain.
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Only one African-American surveyed in the most recent NBC/Wall Street Journal indicated an inclination to support Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton. This is probably due to the rhetoric Mr. Trump is using and the way he has decided to run his campaign. I don't know Donald Trump personally, but I'm convinced he doesn't really care about black or brown people or earning our votes.
Donald Trump launched his campaign more than a year ago. Since that time, he hasn't done one interview with an outlet that caters to African-American, Latino or Hispanic voters – not Univision, Telemundo, NBC BLK, NBC Latino, BET News, BET Digital, TV One, Ebony, Essence or El Pais. You’d think he would have at least talked to Amsterdam News, as it's the oldest African-American newspaper in the country and is headquartered in New York, not far from where he spends most of his time. Donald J. Trump has not even bothered to do a Latino-, Hispanic- or African-American-leaning radio show.
Additionally, Trump hasn't set foot in an African-American church since announcing his candidacy. This includes the black church in North Carolina that endorsed him. Instead, he merely sent his daughter-in-law to the endorsement event. He has repeatedly turned down invitations to speak at conferences for the NAACP, the National Association of Black Journalists, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and even the National Urban League. Yet Bob Dole, both Bushes, Mitt Romney, John McCain and even Ronald Reagan deemed it worthy to address the National Urban League during their presidential bids. As one of the business-leaning civil rights organizations which states part of its mission is to “enable African Americans to secure economic self-reliance,” one would think this would be right up the businessman and Republican Party presidential nominee’s alley. But apparently, it's not. Donald Trump and his staff have also ignored invitations from HBCUs and have dismissed efforts from supporters to organize African-Americans for Trump in places like Florida, which is a crucial battleground state.
Basically, Donald Trump is refusing to talk to black and brown voters in the media and in our own communities.
Meanwhile, what Donald Trump has done is reminisce about the “good old days” when law enforcement wasn’t so “politically correct” with protestors while accusing one of our nation's most distinguished jurists of being unable to do his job because of his Mexican heritage. He also threw Hispanic media icon Jorge Ramos out of a press conference and endorsed the controversial “Operation Wetback” during a Republican presidential primary debate. Mr. Trump has also extended invitations to a handful of African-American, Latino and Hispanic individuals, including RNC interns (the campaign called them activists) to Trump Tower for nothing more than photo opportunities devoid of any real policy discussions. He even went to Louisiana this week and managed to avoid visiting any African-American or Latino neighborhoods.
Donald Trump seems to be unaware that racism does not exist in a vacuum, rather it is supported through institutions and people like him.
Whether it's refusing to rent to African-American families in New York, his barrage of racist statements, his encouragement of the beating of a Black Lives Matter protestor at his rally or hiring Steve Bannon as his new campaign chairman, Donald Trump has a well-documented history of being a part of the problem. His latest attempts to “reach out” to Latinos and African-Americans are nothing more than stunts drummed up by his campaign team to appeal to white voters whom are actively jumping ship. Donald Trump isn’t really interested in humane immigration policies or better schools in predominantly African-American communities. Not at all. He is interested in signaling to the base of GOP general election voters that he really is not the racist, divisive, bigoted candidate he looks like on television.
Donald Trump does not care about our communities and the people around him do not have a great track record of caring about them either, e.g. Steve Bannon and the section of Breitbart.com tagged “black crime.” Donald Trump and his campaign don't really want our votes. They just want the illusion that he's trying. They want people like me to stop calling him disingenuous and racist on television and they want us to forget he has not proposed any concrete policy proposals that would benefit black and brown communities. Trump probably wishes he didn’t have to put on the façade of “outreach” or read from a teleprompter so he does not offend someone.
Donald Trump really just wants to be himself. As one of the greatest literary geniuses of our time, Maya Angelou reminded us: When someone shows you who they are, believe them…THE FIRST TIME.
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Let’s get real for a minute, or at least I will. I am smart, educated, and the voting process still confuses me to no end. I know if I’m having that experience, others are too. So it’s time to break it down and get honest about what we don’t know with no shame.
If you don’t want to be in the dark anymore or maybe this is your first encounter with voting, going through this step-by-step process will give you more clarity about what to do, how to do it and where to get the information you need.
How to register to vote
Find your state deadline here.
Are you eligible? You must say yes to all of these:
Are you a U.S. citizen? (You can't vote if you're a permanent resident i.e. green card holder.)
Will you be 18 years old by the election date? Age requirements by state & exceptions
Have you lived in your state for 30 days (depending on state)? Find registry requirements here.
Do you meet the criminal record requirements? (You have more rights than you think even if you’re a convicted felon. Only in Florida, Kentucky and Iowa are convicted felons never allowed to vote.) Find requirements here.
By state: Find here
By third party (if your state doesn’t offer online registration): Register here
What you will need: (Check here for ID questions)
Valid driver’s license (for state you’re registering in) OR
ID Card (for state you’re registering in) OR
Last 4 digits of your social security number
Registering another way:
In person at: DMV or State/local voter registration (Country Registrar) or Election Offices
By mail: PDF to Download, Print and Mail
By absentee ballot. Click Here for preliminary information if you’re that excited about this topic.
Confirm by receiving your voter card in the mail:
This will give you an address for your polling place and sample ballot with all the candidates and the issues you'll be voting on.
Confirm your voter registration or change where you’re registered by your state here.
And check out this Quick Voting Information Guide for more info.
So if you haven't registered yet... why not?
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It's that time of year again! Time to load up the car and head back to campus, only this year you can add the task of registering to vote to your back-to-school to-do list.
You belong to one of the most powerful voting demographics in the United States. According to Campus Vote Project, "young adults (ages 18-29) made up about 21% of the voting eligible population in 2014, but voter turnout for this demographic has reached record lows in recent years."
Voting is a critical form of political participation. If it weren't, fascists wouldn't spend billions on gerrymandering and suppression.
— Greg Carr (@AfricanaCarr) July 26, 2016
Make no mistake, your vote matters. And come November, there will be a new president-elect of the United States. However you feel about the candidates and their politics, one of them will lead the executive branch of the federal government and the Armed Forces of the United States. Think about that...
As a college student, you have a couple of options when it comes to voting. You can cast your ballot in person or, if you're registered in another locality and will be absent from your polling place on Election Day, you can cast your vote (in most cases) by mail as an absentee ballot. Deadlines are quickly approaching for absentee ballot requests, and the process can vary from state to state. Now's the time to figure out what you need to do.
If you're planning on voting by absentee ballot, check out the deadlines and requirements for your state now.
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The past couple of weeks have been quite a spectacle as the Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Convention unfolded. But when Change Politics hit the ground at both conventions, they found one common thread in the commentary of those attending: Everyone needs to vote in local elections. They matter in a big way. In fact, 96 percent of elected officials gain office at the local level. So those positions at the bottom of the ballot that you didn't properly research? They matter just as much as the top.
"As one person interviewed says, "Your vote is your voice." It's important to use your voice at EVERY election — not only the big one in November.
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After meeting with Bernie Sanders at the White House on Thursday morning, President Barack Obama has officially endorsed Hillary Clinton for president of the United States. The Clinton campaign released a video of President Obama's formal endorsement.
"I know how hard this job can be, that's why I know Hillary will be so good at it. In fact, I don't think there's ever been someone so qualified to hold this office. I have seen her judgment, I have seen her toughness, I have seen her commitment to our values up close," said Obama in the video. He urges those to know that he's with her and is ready to campaign with Hillary.
POTUS also praises Sanders revolutionary campaign and called both Sanders and Clinton "patriots who love this country."
Considering the tweets that have already been fired off by Clinton and Trump, we are ready for the debates.
Obama just endorsed Crooked Hillary. He wants four more years of Obama—but nobody else does!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 9, 2016
Delete your account. https://t.co/Oa92sncRQY
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 9, 2016
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At a rally last week in California, Donald Trump spotted a man in the crowd and practically referred to him like a piece of property. Not just any man. A Black man. Trump rejoyced, "Look at my African-American over there! You know what I'm talking about."
This came after Trump recalled a Black supporter punching a protestor wearing a KKK outfit before being arrested. Using this story as a way to show he enjoyed the support of Black people, Trump spotted "his" Africa American and it was all downhill from there.
Who is the so-called African-American that Trump "owned"?
— . (@LadyOnTheMuna) June 3, 2016
Well, that African American man just happens to be the Republican candidate to represent California's 1st congressional district.
His name is Gregory Cheadle.
With three degrees under his belt, one of which is a law degree, Cheadle is a real estate broker who has spent every Friday night volunteering in the ER of his local hospital for 12 years. So what was Cheadle doing there and how did he feel about being "owned" by Trump? Cheadle told NPR, "I am not a Trump supporter," Cheadle said. "I went to go hear Donald Trump because I have an open mind."
What comes next though might surprise you.
In what Cheadle calls a "surreal" experience, he says that he is not offended by the comments made by the candidate to which he refers to as "Uncle Donald". Taking Trump's comments as positive, Cheadle says it was Trump's choice of words that left people confused. "Had he said, 'Here's my African-American friend,' or 'my African-American supporter' or something like that, then there would be less ambiguity. Had he said, 'Here's my African-American' and then after that said, 'What's up, dawg,' or 'boy' or even the N-word as they use it today, I really would have been offended."
I think its safe to say that Black Twitter understood what Trump meant and dragged Trump for filth.
@CandaceSmith_ Trump to a black rally goer: "Look at my AfricanAmerican over there! You know what I’m talking about? pic.twitter.com/gXynJjHhxi
— Beauty'sOnlySkinDeep (@BlackPearlMoi) June 3, 2016
@CandaceSmith_ @Acosta @MSNBC - How can Donald Trump be so clueless about pointing out a African American that way?? pic.twitter.com/YAYn64cHLv
— Esther Santiago (@EstherSantiag15) June 3, 2016
Donald Trump "You get an African American! You Get an African American! You get an African American!" pic.twitter.com/6EU09f2jiC
— Thelonious Legend (@TheLegendBooks) June 3, 2016
It’s something that Trump managed to avoid calling that African American supporter “Harambe.” Such restraint.
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) June 3, 2016
Let this serve as a friendly reminder that slavery was abolished in 1865 and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 banned racial discrimination. We may really ned to start thinking of an exit strategy if we let this man become President.
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The upcoming presidential election is heating up! While you decide who you're voting for, here's a short list of people and groups who have vocalized their support of democratic candidate Bernie Sanders. This list is not comprehensive.
Anibal Acevedo Vila, former Governor of Puerto Rico
Jeff Merkly, current US Senator of Oregon
Keith Ellison, current US representative of Minnesota
Evo Morales, current president of Bolivia
Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club
National Nurses United
John W. Boyd Jr., founder of National Black Farmers association
Malcolm D. Lee, film director and screenwriter
Michael Moore, film director
Charles R. Chamberlin, executive director of Democracy for America
Erica Garner, activist and daughter of Eric Garner
Killer Mike, rapper and activist
Lana Wachowski, film director
Thor Halvorssen, founder and CEO of Human Rights Foundation
Kwame Rose, black activist
Charlamange tha God, radio personality of The Breakfast Club
Rosario Dawson, actress
Clay Aiken, former American Idol contestant
Zoë Kravitz, actress
Lil B, rapper
Dan Carlin, historian and host of Common Sense
Rae Sremmurd, hip-hop duo
Bill Maher, host of Real Time with Bill Maher
Ron Reagan, son of Ronald Reagan and host of The Ron Reagan Show
Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, co-founder of Ben & Jerry's
Cornel West, activist and academic
Ta-Nehisi Coates, writer
Spike Lee, film director
Danny Glover, actor
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Normally in our #StopAskingPermission column, we highlight someone who is making a difference in government without asking for permission. This week we chose to turn the mirror on ourselves and, thanks to a recent Washington Post article, remind ourselves about what being woke is all about. As we get closer to November two things as are for sure:
1. We are running low on options.
2. The reign of President Obama will have to come to an end.
As the road to becoming the next President of the United States gets murkier and secrets about each candidate become front page stories, you might feel like most of us do — hopeless. It can almost seem as though you have to choose the lesser of two evils. Despite the fact that we have seen an increase in political engagement, the Washington Post reports that the increase in engagement doesn't translate to an increase of black voters at the polls. In other words, we are doing a great job of making the issues that matter the most to us (such as systematic racism and police brutality) ballot issues, but we aren't casting in our votes.
We are forcing the candidates to ask the hard questions, but we aren't voting to change the laws that are the root of the issue.
I'm all for running up at a rally and making a candidate answer the hard questions and start thinking of policies that can combat the issues that affect our community the most. However, I'm also down for a post-run-up strategy. President Obama said it best in his graduation speech to the students of Howard University, "You have to have a strategy. Not just awareness, but action. Not just hashtags, but votes."
The way we engage with the government has changed. Ashley Williams told the Washington Post, "Voting is definitely one way, and I wouldn't insult my ancestors by telling people they shouldn't vote, but there are other ways of reimagining and restructuring the world that lies in organizing our communities." She's right for a myriad of reasons.
It's now easier than ever to tweet a sitting President, watch the First Lady on Instagram or email a congressman or local city council member. There are numerous ways to get involved thanks to the various digital platforms that allow us to do so with ease. The accessibility of those who represent us might have changed from the Civil Rights Era, but the issues that plague us have not. Neither has our right to vote.
In a survey done last year by the Black Youth Project , 70.8 percent of young black people believed that by participating in politics, they can make a difference. The survey also showed that 68.5 percent of black youth believed that the leaders in government care very little about people like them. With the increased mobilization of movements through Black Lives Matter and the increased number of us who are "woke," it's hard to believe that these statistics have decreased. If we include the number of times we have run up in a Trump rally or called Hillary out for trolling, it safe to say we would at least be at 85 percent. We are great at participating and voicing our concerns, but horrible at exercising our lawful right that was once deemed a privilege.
The Black Youth Project shed light on some of the issues keeping us from the polls. The top reasons for us not showing up were:
Not registered to vote
Disinterested in politics
Didn't like the candidates
Didn't have proper identification
Listen up folks, these reasons force me to put out a call for action. There's no reason there are more of us that are woke than there are registered to vote. I understand your disinterest in candidates and politics. It might not be your thing, which is cool. But is making sure your child has a quality education your thing? How about taxes? Is making sure you're given tax breaks and credits your thing? Is making sure the government continues to provide financial aid for you to attend college, grad school, medical school or law school your thing? You see where I'm going with this. Even if it's not your thing, it's still your responsibility to vote. Choose the candidate that represents your interests at best – even if it's limited.
We have seen in the past what happens when people take a stand and make a decision to stop asking for permission and start making a difference. Don't let your difference just be a hashtag and tweet, let it be a strategy for reformation. Stop asking for permission, woke people don't need it.
In the meantime, I'll be watching to see who is really woke in these streets. #StopAskingPermission
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It was the summer I turned 18. I was excited for the opportunity to vote in a presidential election year just after reaching the age of eligibility. Discussions from my AP Government class were still wafting through my mind, though I had graduated high school and was headed for the workforce. I blithely pledged allegiance. Four years earlier, Al Gore had won the popular vote. George W. Bush won the electorate. Bush became President. I just knew that this time would be different, even though I felt John Kerry lacked charisma. If I voted, Bush wouldn't win again. He did and I became bitter. Learning how presidential elections worked in a classroom versus experiencing one firsthand left me with a sour disposition toward the process. If the majority of Americans wanted a certain person to represent the country, why did this smaller body actually determine the presidency? What did my vote even mean? Did it matter? These are the questions I would ponder for the next four years until the next presidential cycle.
After high school, I became more militant. I read about leaders such as Angela Davis and Marcus Garvey, and I idolized people like Muhammad Ali whose celebrity wasn't centered around politics, but whose politics unabashedly threatened their celebrity. The 'conscious' mentors around me mostly spoke about the futility of voting in the same breath as admonishing me to remember the rights that our ancestors had fought and died for. By the time Obama came into the picture, I felt bludgeoned by systems who had only amended themselves (on the surface) to include me but were still largely to my detriment.
My mentors were constantly talking about how the POTUS is just a figurehead: A customer-facing demagogue used to placate, patronize and program the people until 'consensus' is reached. The black face running for the "most powerful job in the world" didn't move me, but this time when I voted, my guy won. It wasn't excitement that drove me to the polls that second time, though. It was a feeling that I was beholden to the work of my predecessors. I had to vote. People had fought and died for my right to do so. My grandmother had picked cotton as a child. That's how close my lineage was to captivity.
Then, I wondered: Does this right to vote make me free or is it a mechanism of perceived escape from captivity? After all, I didn't vote for my people to make up more than half of the prison population, even though we make up less than a third of the country's population. I also didn't vote for my people to be left out of what is arguably the economic language of the future — technology. I started feeling like my vote was just a turn of a systemic Rubik's cube, where my color would always find itself lost. To be completely honest, President Obama's election and re-election didn't give me hope. It just further illuminated the deep and disturbing way that black people are hated in America and abroad. Years later, here we are again. It's time to put someone else in office, a new leader or figurehead, depending on how you look at it.
It's strange that I feel at home with this election.
Everyone else finally sees it for the circus I've always felt it was. Candidates are talking about their private parts or referencing pop culture as a way to pander to young black voters or hedging their bets on building walls to keep out 'undesirables.' I'm still out here wondering what it's all for. Even though I can now sit at the same lunch counter as a white male, he's likely to more easily afford his meal than I am. The job he has still statistically pays more, even if it's the same as mine and our experience is equal. If we're both in a rush when we leave the lunch counter, we both speed, and are stopped by police. He might be annoyed by the imposition, but I'm praying not to have to assume the position. After work, I'm probably commuting further, while he might have just moved into (gentrified) my "hip, up and coming" hometown. On election day, our ballots might only differ by name, but our experience in this country is vastly different.
I fluctuate between apathy and anger, between duty and dignity, between pessimism and realism. Even though I'll find my way to a voting booth when the time comes, I think I have to start fighting for something more than a vote. Because I'm tired of waiting for allegiance to be pledged to me.
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Universal healthcare, increased employment rates and GDP growth aside, President Barack Obama is hands down the coolest president this nation has ever seen. The Obama legacy will be equally weighted between his accomplishments in office and the unprecedented swag factor that he has brought to the presidency. His quick wit and impeccable comedic timing, along with my sneaking suspicion that he personally consults Young Metro before trusting anyone, makes Obama the GOAT in my book.
With his tenure coming to an end, I find myself struggling with the fact that Barack, Michelle, Sasha, Malia, Mrs. Robinson, Bo and Sunny will soon be leaving the residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
I know I'm not alone. I see you all out here walking around in a haze and tweeting about your Obama survival plans in these streets. If you suspect that you or someone you love is suffering from early onset, post-Obama administration depression, here are a few tell-tale signs:
Are you pretending that we're not a mere six months away from electing a new commander in chief? If when asked about the current race, you respond, "I don't follow NASCAR or the Kentucky Derby," you're likely in the denial stage of the grief process. Unfortunately, your refusal to believe that the Obama reign is coming to an end will not stop it from happening.
Once you begin to acknowledge their impending exodus, you might find it nearly impossible to control your emotions. In this stage, it's not uncommon for frustration to be expressed outwardly toward inanimate objects and sometimes into thin air. Allow it. Rage is a natural reaction to a loss of this magnitude.
After your anger has subsided, you might move into a state of delirious bliss as you entertain fantasies about discovering a loophole in 22nd Amendment, which requires presidents with familial connections to the motherland to serve a mandatory three terms in office. If you can't stop obsessing about joining with the First Family to develop a new civilization on the fringes of society, you're well into the delusional phase of the mourning process. Indulging in irrational fantasies to numb feelings of vulnerability and helplessness might seem silly, but it is a natural part of the process of letting go. Enjoy your little make-believe world while it lasts.
After you pipe down to reality, then comes the epic meltdown. You might feel hopelessly overwhelmed with feelings of sadness, despair and defeat as you face the reality that by this time next year, Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will likely be our new president. Go ahead buddy, get it all out.
In time, we all must accept the fact that our modern day Camelot is coming to an end. As you begin to make peace with the reality of the Obama's impending departure from the White House, it's important to understand that acceptance is not to be mistaken for happiness. You're going to experience some very somber moments between now and November. Take it easy on yourself. Mourning the loss of an 8-year relationship is going to take some time.
As the moment draws nearer for the Obama's to bid farewell to the White House, expect to revisit these stages several times. No one said it would be easy, but we owe it to ourselves to stay engaged and get out to vote to preserve the progress of the Obama legacy.
We love you too, Mr. President.
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