President Obama just revealed to the world the sound advice he gave his daughters Malia and Sasha after Trump’s general election victory on how to handle the unexpected events of life. It’s a message every American citizen should read in the wake of the disappointing election, guiding his daughters towards inner resolve and pointing their inner compass to seek out the better angels of our nature in the dark days we face ahead.
“What I say to them is that people are complicated,” Obama NYMag.com. “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.”
President Obama pointed out a recipe for dealing with racism from the masses of Trump supporters who’ve lashed out at minorities since Trump’s election, poignantly noting to his daughters that the fight against bigotry is also an internal struggle for those who seek justice:
“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.”
People are really complicated, President Obama’s advice to his precious daughters and life philosophy is not. If you live your life seeking the better angels of our nature, then work tirelessly, oppose bigotry vigilantly without malice and always, always keep moving forward.
Grant Stern is the Executive Editor of Occupy Democrats and published author. His new Meet the Candidates 2020 book series is distributed by Simon and Schuster. He's also mortgage broker, community activist and radio personality in Miami, Florida., as well as the producer of the Dworkin Report podcast. Grant is also an occasional contributor to Raw Story, Alternet, and the DC Report, and a senior advisor to the Democratic Coalition