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Protecting the real America

7/19/2019, 6 a.m. | Updated on 7/19/2019, 7:16 p.m.
President Trump is a racist. Period.

We must work against the continued assaults on voting rights and the ploys to keep brown and black people from the ballot box. We must support the proposals to strengthen families and communities, such as an increase in the minimum wage, job training, debt-free education and gun control.

It is easy for President Trump to cloak himself with the flag and spew vile and repulsive language to create a race war in this nation. "But all right-minded people must do the hard work of creating an antidote to his toxicity by engaging in behaviors, discussions and actions that shore up the principles that make America a diverse and democratic nation that benefits from the contributions of all people when all are embraced and uplifted.

This is an eye-opening time for young people, who grew up largely in an America under an African- American president, former President Barack Obama. Sadly, they now are seeing what we all knew — there is no “post-racial America.”

And while we will continue the fight begun long before our courageous ancestors in the Civil Rights Movement, it will be up to today’s 20- and 30- somethings to get into the fray and protect the real America. We must help provide the strategies, people power and sustenance gained from past lessons to successfully fuel the present fight.