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Deep Thoughts about the Presidential Election

Good afternoon, everybody except Pat McCrory:

I’m here with 18 deep thoughts about all three presidential debates and the general election, because sometimes 140 characters won’t cut it. Also I was on a flight during the debate, and I didn’t have the chance to grace the Internet with a live feed of my opinions, so here is my offering of afterthoughts:

  • University of Nevada at Las Vegas is the same institution where Tomi Lahren earned bachelor’s degrees in bigotry and yelling; so if that’s what you’re into, I have two words for you: “microphones” and “micro-aggressions.” They’re both real. Learn about them.
  • Heads: Hillary. Are we really using a coin toss to decide who leads a televised political discourse? Ohhhhhh, I get it; we’re just trying to emulate George Washington rolling over in his grave after warning against a two-party system. “I think they get the point,” his metallic profile screams as his forehead smacks the back of Martha Raddatz’s unwavering hand. Really, though—a coin toss seems to be pretty juvenile; what is this, a locker room? Oh wait.
  • Somewhere in America, Trump and Brock Turner are hanging out in a locker room, snapping a sweaty towel at some poor kid’s ass, while Pat McCrory waits by the door checking birth certificates and hall passes. This kind of behavior isn’t just an affront to women, or athletes, or coaches who have valiantly defended the sanctity of their locker rooms: it’s sexual harassment and a violation of civil rights. Billy Bush lost his job over it—why hasn’t Trump?
  • Politicians withdrew their support from Trump after the audio leak, citing legal relationships to women as their reasoning. Oh, so now you want to be a decent human being? Then just be one, regardless of whom files taxes as your dependent. Wake the hell up—you don’t need a wife or a kid or a sister to have a moral compass.
  • Hillary is literally me every time someone asks me a question they could have looked up. She is so over having to fact check everything for you. “Google Donald Trump Iraq.” Okay, okay, geez.
  • We never found all the remains of Malaysian Flight MH370, but CNN found living, breathing undecided voters? If the media is rigging the election (it’s not), it’s because CNN harbored them in an underground lab with no Wi-Fi, and then brought them above ground to ask pre-written questions at the second debate. How else would you explain that before election season, this was Ken Bone’s only tweet?


  • If you’re an uncommitted voter asking a question that you’ve practiced a zillion times in the mirror, how do you even stand the pressure? Do you picture everyone naked, or do you blackout, like in a high school project presentation? Need to know.
  • I do not envy the moderators in the slightest, but I do think they should teach a class on crisis communication, considering that’s where we are at this point in the campaign.
  • Clinton was just dubbed a nasty woman by someone who also claimed, “nobody respects women more than I do.” Not going to name names.
  • Three a.m. tweets follow the same rules as three a.m. drinks: nothing good can happen. Adults need curfews too.
  • Trump says Muslims have to fight Islamophobia themselves via “see something, say something,” which basically makes him an 8th grade gym teacher who says, “a little bullying is good for ya!”
  • Okay, let’s play charades: one word, six letters—it’s the largest city in Syria. Still no idea? Here’s a hint: Gary Johnson doesn’t know either. It’s Aleppo. If you don’t know, now you know, but you might still have an extremely minimal grasp on American foreign policy as it relates to one of the largest security threats and saturated discussions currently on the political stage. BFD, I didn’t know either, says every 39-year-old Facebook user from the safety of his mother’s basement. Yeah, well, you’re not on the ballot for POTUS.
  • What even is on the ballot? Progress and democracy, according to the latest Hillary ad featuring Obama as her BFFL. “There’s no such thing as a vote that doesn’t count,” says POTUS. Also, state and local elections are happening. Learn about them; vote for them—they influence a lot more of your day-to-day life than a president ever will (See also: Pat McCrory’s track record).
  • Alright, this post has been pretty anti-Trump, so for the sake of journalism, I’ll offer up a criticism to Queen Hillz: Stop giving in to Trump’s antics. You are better than this and you know it! You won’t get votes from slamming other candidates. That’s Twitter’s job, and they’re doing alright—the debate emoji even looks like a toilet. Keep doing the homework and winning the coin toss, but stay on the high road (and I’ll meet you there for #HillHal2032).
  • A lot of Americans don’t want to vote for either of these candidates, but they don’t realize that this is the most dangerous decision of all. You, one of the 324 million Americans can vote. You know who can’t? Prisoners, undocumented immigrants, refugees, unregistered voters. That’s a lot of people. You have a privilege. Use it.
  • Here is a list of things that are treated like partisan issues that should be bipartisan (aka: this shit matters; your political party doesn’t): women’s rights, child nutrition, affordable health care, safe housing, environmental sustainability, LGBTQ inclusivity, climate change, minority rights, homelessness, Black Lives Matter, maternal health, veteran suicide rates, the presidential election.
  • Trump won’t reveal whether he’ll accept the results of the election, which means he still thinks he’s on reality TV, and we’re all puppets at this point. Seriously though, what other choice does he have?

TL;DR: Vote for someone who cares about human quality of live.

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Why Your Criticism of Saint Teresa Doesn’t Matter

Let me start off by saying that I am not Catholic, and in no way am I commenting on practices validated by the Church. I have been to Mass exactly one time, and I was berated for trying to eat a package of Oreos out of my purse.

My experience with the Church has been minimal, and my behavior frowned upon, but I feel wildly compelled to discuss the backlash that ensued after Pope Francis canonized Mother Teresa on September 4, 2016.

The Pope, in an effort that may have unintentionally internationalized Labor Day, celebrated one of the most revered figures in human history, known universally for her influential labors of love.

Mother Teresa, who died in 1997, is now to be eternally remembered as Saint Teresaexcept for the 42,000 tweets (and counting!) that declared her a fraud. To them I say:

First of all, how dare you?

Critics are questioning the validity of her miracles, accumulation of funds, implementations of medical care, emphasis on human suffering and motivations for conversion. Do they not realize what the purpose of missionary work is? This is not news.

Getting canonized is no easy feat. Saint Teresa did not sit around posting indignant comments advocating for social justice; she physically did something about ita lot of things, in fact.

She bowed down before those who were spent, left to die on the side of the road, seeing in them their God-given dignity; she made her voice heard before the powers of this world, so that they might recognize their guilt for the crime of poverty they created,” said Pope Francis during her canonization.

Regardless of your agreements with the Church or her interpretation of Christianity, it is impossible to ignore her bravery, humility or perpetual state of service.

And yet, the Internet could only manage to focus on the controversy over whether she actually cured the cancer of a woman who claims to be the recipient of Saint Teresa’s famous miracle.

People are so quick to take down historical do-gooders: founding fathers who also owned slaves, the Gandhi everyone loves to hate. Yes, all of these humans had flaws, even when accounting for what practices were socially acceptable and which resources were publicly available during their lifetimes. However, they still created change, and left legacies that inspired humanitarian works well beyond the date of their death.

Your tweets cannot change this, which brings me to my second point:

Who the hell do you think you are?

We ask millennials this question a lot. And though the entire demographic lacks a cohesive answer, they are quick to organize a chorus of indignant complaints (see also: me, every time I have to do adult things like pay bills/reschedule canceled flights/etc). I’m not immune to the adversity of adulthood, but I recognize the appropriate time and place for respect and reveriei.e. the canonization of Mother Teresa.

Have we really settled on complaining as a coping mechanism? I would like to re-introduce a narrative that has plagued the self-worth of millennials across the world: this isn’t about you. If you are not the Pope, or a member of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints (that’s right, I googled Catholicism, and there definitely isn’t any literature prohibiting Oreos), then do yourself a favor and find a real hobbyrunning a Facebook discussion thread doesn’t count.

Just like many states require a primary form of photo ID to cast your vote, I hereby declare that you must present a solution if you’re going to cast your opinion (or at least that will be my first executive order when I am president in 2028). Sound unfair? You’re not the only ones to noticeget in line.

There is work to be done, but there is also limitless inspiration, not to mention proof that dedication pays off. Yes, this is a tall order, but if you’re reading this right now, you’re way ahead of the 781 million adults in the world who cannot read or write. You actually don’t have an excuse.

I’m not saying we have to pursue works that get us canonized. I’m telling you to pursue something that matters to you. Critics never die (seriously, Ann Coulter, take a hint), but good works can live forever.

No one can fault you for making an effort toward something you genuinely believe in.

Don’t have something that matters to you? You’re not looking hard enough. And if you can’t see beyond a person’s faults to the impact of her life’s work in charity and human relief, then you need to get your eyes checked.

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Southwest Airlines Removes Muslim Passengers, Abandons Basic Patriotism

UC Berkeley student Khairuldeen Makhzoomi was removed from a Southwest flight on Saturday because a passenger complained that he was speaking Arabic. The headlines just won’t quit:

“Arabic-speaking student removed from flight”
“UC Berkeley student kicked off Southwest Airlines”
“Iraqi refugee seeks apology after being removed from Oakland-bound plane”

The list grows as each hour passes.

There are a million ways to say it, but it all comes down to this: one human being expressed ignorance and intolerance toward another, and a major American corporation enabled it.

The company’s current slogan reads, “If it matters to you, it matters to us,” which is a little cringe-worthy, considering its latest behavior.

This is not an isolated incident, nor is it the first for Southwest. The Council on American-Islamic Relations said there were at least six similar instances this year. It’s April. And those are only the reported cases.

Last week, Southwest also removed a Muslim woman from her flight for switching seats. If you have yet to fully understand the concept or impact of white privilege, consider the number of times you’ve switched seats on a plane, a bus or a metro. Were you removed from the flight? Were you uncomfortable in a middle seat, or did you just want to sit closer to your boyfriend?

The ability to speak and move freely while traveling should be an American constitutional right, but for now, it remains a privilege.

After the press jumped on the incident, the company gave a cookie-cutter statement that failed to reflect their attention or care to the matter, “We regret any less than positive experience a customer has onboard our aircraft,” the company said in a statement. “Southwest neither condones nor tolerates discrimination of any kind.” A spokeswoman further stated that the company is unable to comment on the conduct of individual employees.

Non-sequitur, much?

Not to mention the employee who responded to the passenger’s complaint spoke Arabic and could have helped both parties come to an understanding, but instead treated Makhzoomi “like an animal.” Unsurprisingly, the employee was unavailable for comment.

Though Southwest’s primary focus is safety for all passengers, they just contributed to the real danger: racial discrimination.

Discrimination anywhere is discrimination everywhere, and for an international airline to participate in and allow intolerance toward one customer on behalf of another paints a rather depressing, daunting picture of Americans and customer service.

How long must racial and ethnic discrimination last until we discover the line between the right and wrong side of history?

How long must we tolerate intolerance?

And yet, the most mature of all parties involved was the victim himself.

“I don’t want money,” Makhzoomi said. “I don’t care about that. The message of Islam is forgiveness. That’s all I want.”

Let’s imagine what the story would be like if the newswire headline had actually been “Muslim Student Refuses Money, Seeks Apology for Discrimination.” How far would the story have gotten? Would you have clicked on the link? Would you have shared it online?

I applaud and admire Makhzoomi for his tactful response; I cannot imagine what I would have done in his place. To him, I say thank you, for expressing compassion in the face of adversity.

To Southwest, I say shame on you. This isn’t an isolated incident. As a leader in air travel, you have the resources to make passengers and employees better educated and equipped for safe travel. As an American corporation, you have much work to do on your brand status, your practices and your mission. Get to work.

If you’re reading this and you identify more with the woman who complained, I say think again! If diversity makes you uncomfortable, reconsider your flight to Oakland.

If you’re reading this and you feel compelled do something about this, I say (a) thank you for reading this far and (b) God bless you, you beautiful, complex, powerful human being! You absolutely can do something!

  1. Share the story on social media! Whether you read the New York Times, Washington Post, or some other outlet, get the word out. It matters.
  2. Call your mom and tell her about it! Different generations get their news from different places; it’s worth mentioning to your parents.
  3. Get involved! Hundreds of organizations exist to battle systematic discrimination. Take five minutes from your day to research how you can join one. Don’t have five minutes? Choose from this list: Council on American-Islamic Relations, Muslim Public Affairs Council, Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.
  4. Ask questions. The best way to offer help to someone is to say “how can I help?” as opposed to guessing at the best practices.
  5. Own up. If you offend someone, it’s not the end of the world. But you do need to apologize. Take ownership by asking how to fix your mistake.
  6. Listen: A dialogue works best when both parties listen to each other. If someone you know or love is speaking out about injustice or intolerance, take the time to hear them, and let them know they are understood. Be human, with humans.
  7. Know that this is bigger than you. This blog post isn’t going to end an era of racial discrimination, but hopefully it will contribute to an intricate discussion that values people and ideas.

There is no quick fix to ending racism, but if we challenge each other to think critically about discrimination, we can be better than we are right now.

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A Guide to Celebrating International Women’s Day

You’ve probably heard that tomorrow, March 8, is International Women’s Day, but have you ever actually celebrated it? How do you celebrate it anyway?

Maybe it’s like Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day; it’s surely highlighting a practice we should be observing on a daily basis. Maybe corporate America is going to profit from human tendencies to make up for what we forgot to do all year long. Except it’s not.

Drug stores haven’t preemptively arranged tables of commercialized gifts for the “special woman in your life.” The floral industry isn’t rushing to jack up the prices of rose bouquets. Children aren’t bringing their mothers breakfast in bed. There won’t be any clearance holiday items at the grocery store tomorrow.

No one is capitalizing off International Women’s Day. Not even women.

In 1908, the first International Women’s Day was observed as 15,000 women marched in the streets of New York City, demanding equal pay, better working conditions and voting rights. More than 100 years later, women still don’t have equal pay and recognition in the workplace.

What we do have, as women, is a day dedicated to our achievements, a recognition of our victories, a celebration of our centuries-long struggle to prove something we shouldn’t have to prove: International Women’s Day is observed in 27 countries around the world, and the United States even designates the entire month of March as Women’s History month.

So how are we using it?

The 2016 International Women’s Day campaign is centered on #GenderParity.

Why, you ask?

Despite the fact that women make up more than half of the human population, we still fail to account for a proportionate amount of political, social and economic power across the globe.

In 2014, the World Economic Forum predicted that actual gender equality would not be reached until 2095. A year later, they adjusted their estimation such that this golden year would not arrive until 2133. (a moment of silence, please)

If we can’t move toward equality faster than a glacial pace, let’s hope that some woman somewhere invents a cure for mortality.

If you’d like to see change from somewhere other than beyond the grave, consider taking any of these steps to celebrate the women in your life:

  1. Call your mom, or someone who has been a mother to you. Chances are, you didn’t get to where you are today without the help of at least one woman (ex: your birth).
  2. Vote! Women fought long and hard for the right to vote, so don’t let it go to waste! The more women vote, the better representation we will have in political office. Don’t know when your state’s primary is? Click here to find out!

Side note for any time-travelers who have come back specifically to 2016 to change whatever historical events are about to happen this year: please vote. Now is your time. We’re begging you.

  1. Be a leader! If you don’t like the leaders in your community, become a better one! Take a pledge, join a club, run for office, start a petition. Any leadership role is a step toward equal representation for women.
  2. Go global! Check out all the opportunities on the International Women’s Day website, or visit to find resources to support women in communities beyond American borders.
  3. Bask in female creativity! Women contribute socially, culturally, artistically, academically and professionally to the content we consume every day – cherish it! Go to an art gallery, read a book, watch a TedTalk, do something to foster appreciation for the work that women do every day.

The point is, there are an infinite number of ways to celebrate. However, the biggest obstacle to celebrating International Women’s Day is awareness. The best thing you can do to celebrate is starting a conversation. You might not know everything about the day, but you sure as hell know at least one woman. Show her some appreciation today! If you’re a woman, show yourself some appreciation! What better reason to treat yourself (all month long!)?

Did I miss something? Let me know how you’re celebrating International Women’s Day in the comments below!

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Not-So-Super Tuesday

As the polls come to a close this Tuesday night, our 70-and-sunny streak has suddenly been eclipsed by a hot-headed, ill-spoken, pseudo-politician.

Donald J. Trump, that is.

Or Drumpf, as John Oliver revealed to us on Last Week Tonight.

Trump is winning the Republican primary in more states than we’d like to admit, as we book flights to move to Canada by the end of 2016.

Some of us are afraid of living in an America run by Trump’s administration, but we should really be afraid of living in an America populated by his supporters.

See, Trump isn’t winning because he’s rich or powerful or “telling it like it is.” He’s winning because Americans are supporting him.

We are not being Punk’d. Trump’s success is not a passing fad, it is (likely) not a conspiracy, it is not a cruel joke.

It is an epidemic. But he is not the root cause. The voters are.

On this not-so-Super Tuesday, real people are casting real votes in the real primary. They’re going home to their loved ones in their neighborhoods in their parts of town, and somehow sleeping at night, between sheets woven of racism and ignorance.

Trump might be a bigot, but he is not the only one. He did not make it cool, or appealing or popular.

He just made it publicly acceptable for people to admit that they, too, are ignorant bigots. He never would have resonated with voters if they had not already harbored hate and aggression so rampant that they support a person who openly advocated the oppression of Muslims or joked about a shooting spree on Fifth Avenue.

If Trump can be accountable for his racism, elitism and political incorrectness, then Americans must be accountable for their votes.

Oliver urged viewers to imagine what a Trump presidency would look like, but we should really think about what Americans would look like during his administration. The truth is, we would look the same as we do now. The Americans who would support his administrative policies are the same Americans who currently live in our neighborhoods, go to our schools, contribute to our communities.

Are we okay with that?

The point is not to create an “us” versus “them” approach, but rather “us” versus “Trump.” We, as Americans, have the power to choose our own leader, but we aren’t making great use of it just by touting our views on social media. Actually sitting and talking to each other is going to make a difference. It’s hard to talk politics with those we know have opposing views. We shy away from confrontation, from dissonance, from awkward lulls in dinner conversations gone wrong. We don’t want to talk about this, but at this point, we have to.

This emotional appeal that Trump abuses is the same tool we have to educate each other.

Chances are, this blog post won’t change anyone’s mind. I’m looking to change hearts.

Trump doesn’t just represent what is wrong with Americans, he has given them an outlet. He has provided a venue to spread hate, and ignorance and oppression. We deserve better than this.

But in order to get better, we have to vote better, learn better, act better. We have to be better.

We can make America great again, but we have to do it without Trump. We have to do it in spite of him.


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Formation: A Texas Bamma’s National Anthem

Shakespeare misspoke when he wrote, “All the world’s a stage.” What he meant, as we all acknowledged this weekend, is that all the world is actually Beyonce’s stage. As the most popular female performer alive, Beyonce took charge of the most watched televised event of the year by commanding the halftime stage with her brand new single, “Formation.”

She did it while paying homage to Michael Jackson’s Super Bowl performance of “We Are the World” in 1993. And she was inspired by more than just his military jacket.

Critiques and compliments have yet to hold a candle to her hit, through which she talks #BlackLivesMatter in a way that no artist ever has before. Katrina’s aftermath, slavery, Black Panthers, Reconstruction, Mardi Gras, MLK, the Civil Rights Era, Ferguson and more: she referenced it all along with her own struggles, her rise to fame, her unwavering ability to “slay”. And slay she did, by dropping the music video the day before, as a raw, yet eerily magical visual of the Black South, followed by a flawless performance during the game. The celebrated artist used the nation’s most popular venue to deliver the real national anthem, the single we never knew we always needed.

Bey knows that her life as a public figure renders commentary and criticism from all audiences, but her song reiterates the message she’s been putting out for decades: “I did not come to play with you hoes, I came to slay.” It’s her turn to speak, and she’s taking charge of it as an iconic force of political conversation.

She powerfully explains in her last lines, “you know you that bitch when you cause all this conversation,” which goes to show that she knows her platform even better than she knows her audience of 114 million viewers. She didn’t join the #BlackLivesMatter conversation just to get a word in, to get publicity, or to gain twitter followers. She contributed her thoughts so that America would listen.

That’s what music is for. Listening. Queen Bey exhibits that she’s done attending to the opinions of others, and she’s taking control of the narrative.

Formation isn’t free on Tidal because Bey felt charitable; she already pledged $1.5 million to the #BlackLivesMatter Foundation last week with her new campaign #BeyGOOD. Her single is streaming for free because she wants everyone to hear the message behind her lyrics: this conversation involves all of us.

So, get in formation, or get out.

Watch the video here:

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The Real Tragedy Inside the Chapel Hill Shooting

This morning I woke up to a text that read, “What is campus like today after the shooting of three Arab students?”

My response: “What?”

Somewhere between the stacks of Arabic textbooks and the depths of Netflix, I had neglected to stay on top of the news that broke to the Chapel Hill community last night and this morning:

“3 people dead in Chapel Hill shooting,” “Three Muslim students killed at North Carolina campus,” “Chapel Hill Shooting: Neighbor Charged With Murder of Three Honors Students,” the headlines get more and more specific as the day goes on.

Messages from family members and friends at other schools are so abundant that they are distracting me during class. I feel blessed to have a community of people who love and care about me.

Speculations about the motivations of the shooter are heartbreaking. A hate crime, a parking dispute? I honestly can’t decide which one is worse.

Actually I can.

In my very humble opinion, a hate crime is far more unsettling. I would almost rather believe that the shooter was so mentally unstable that he resorted to homicide over a menial issue of parking. If this is the truth, it would speak to the issues of mental health of one person in Chapel Hill.

A hate crime, rather, would speak to much more than that.

A hate crime evidences the rampant racism that has hindered a genuine establishment of civil rights since the first day pilgrims arrived at Plymouth Rock.

A hate crime means our nation has hypocritically exported liberal democracy to the Third World without even upholding the idea of civil rights within its own borders.

A hate crime means we have failed as a community, as a nation, as a human race, to uphold the virtue we take from our very own name: humanity.

The shooting incident is shocking, and horrifying, and all of the negative adjectives I can list, but it is mostly disruptive to my idea of what it means to be a human being.

Within the past year, media coverage of racist incidents have led to the creation of trends like “Black Lives Matter,” and “Muslim Lives Matter.”

While both of these statements are true and well-intended, my problem is that they the same exclusionary logic that leads to racism in the first place. How does singling a group of people out, regardless of the supportive motivation, aid in the effort to create a community of tolerance, understanding, or acceptance?

It doesn’t.

A human is a human is a human, and that is what is important about this entire situation.

The motivations behind the shooter’s actions, whatever they may be, are obviously going to be unacceptable, as any homicidal motivation is because this highlights the failure of the American community to address the issue of racism.

I cannot speak for the Arab community, the Chapel Hill community, or any other. I can only speak for myself when I say that I am outraged by the misleading coverage of violence and sectarianism in the Middle East, while same types of racist violence are happening right here in my zip code.

I read a book recently about the Arab Uprisings, and the author asserted the following idea:

Injustice fosters violence, and violence creates sectarianism.

More simply explained, this means that people become violent when they feel they have been wronged, and that violence divides and separates people through race, ideology, class, etc.

Every single news report about the victims attempted to identify the victims in a manner that divided and realigned their identities. Arabs. Students. Muslims. Only one article referred to them simply as people, and that was because there was limited information about the victims.

Tonight, the school is holding a vigil for the victims, and the students, faculty, and community members are encouraged to come show their respect and offer prayers of peace.

The point however, should not be to attend as a Christian supporting Muslims, a Caucasian supporting Arabs, or even as a student supporting students.

The point is to attend as a human being showing respect, love and support for other human beings.

The next steps for us as a community are going to be pivotal.

We cannot ignore that these students might have been targeted out of racism or hatred, but we can move beyond this limiting factor to understand that hate crimes are unacceptable, no matter the skin color of the victims.

The more we divide ourselves from each other, even in ways that seem harmless, the harder it will be to battle the plague of racism.

I resent the idea that I should feel more concerned about the shooting because I am an Arab-American, and I’d rather feel concerned because I am a citizen of a country that intervenes in a different hemisphere for a problem we have yet to address in ourselves.

We all know Anne Frank’s famous quote, “Despite everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart,” but we should also read the rest of the context surrounding it:

“It’s difficult in times like these: ideals, dreams and cherished hopes rise within us, only to be crushed by grim reality. It’s a wonder I haven’t abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.”

Her words are a wonderful example of overcoming racism and hatred. Her positivity in the face of misery has inspired the world for decades, and she provides a lesson from which we can all learn, especially in the wake of yesterday’s tragedy.

How we deal with tragedy is part of what makes us who we are.

Who are we going to be?