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We are African Americans, we are patriots, and we refuse to sit idly by; WaPo

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'We come from Minnesota & Michigan. The Bronx & Baton Rouge. Florida & Philadelphia. Cleveland and the Carolinas. Atlanta& Nevada. Oak-town & the Chi. We understand our role in this democracy, and respect the promise of a nation built by, for and of immigrants. We are part of that tradition, and have the strength to both respect our ancestors from faraway lands and the country we all call home.  As 148 African Americans who served in the last administration, we witnessed firsthand the relentless attacks on the legitimacy of President Barack Obama and his family from our front-row seats to America’s first black presidency. Witnessing racism surge in our country, both during and after Obama’s service and ours, has been a shattering reality, to say the least. But it has also provided jet-fuel for our activism, especially in moments such as these.'

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This is a must read! Read the whole, elegant statement. You don't have to like her, or her politics, but she is AN AMERICAN and an elected MEMBER OF CONGRESS.

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"Last week, as President Trump watched the crowd at one of his rallies chant "Send her back," aimed at me and my family, I was reminded of times when such fearmongering was allowed to flourish. I also couldn't help but remember the horrors of civil war in Somalia that my family and I escaped, the America we expected to find and the one we actually experienced. Having survived civil war in my home country as a child, I cherish these values. In Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, I saw grade-school children as young as me holding assault rifles in the streets. I spent four years in a refugee camp in Kenya, where there was no formal schooling or even running water. But my family and I persevered, fortified by our deep solidarity with one another, the compassion of others and the hope of a better life in the United States."

"The president's rally will be a defining moment in American history. It reminds us of the grave stakes of the coming presidential election: that this fight is not merely about policy ideas; it is a fight for the soul of our nation. The ideals at the heart of our founding equal protection under the law, pluralism, religious liberty are under attack, and it is up to all of us to defend them."

"But the beauty of this country is not that our democracy is perfect. It's that embedded in our Constitution and democratic institutions are the tools to make it better. It was in the diverse community of Minneapolis the very community that welcomed me home with open arms after Mr. Trump's attacks against me last week where I learned the true value of democracy. I started attending political caucuses with my grandfather, who cherished democracy as only someone who has experienced its absence could. I soon recognized that the only way to ensure that everyone in my community had a voice was by participating in the democratic process.

"Today, that basic promise is under threat. Our democratic institutions have been weaponized. The Trump administration has sought to restrict people from exercising their voting rights. It has sought to undermine the basic checks and balances of our Constitution by not respecting subpoenas from Congress. And the president has used overtly racist rhetoric to strike fear and division in communities of color and religious minorities across the country."

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And, she is responding tothis man's depiction of her. If you click there you will know exactly what he is.

This man is our president and there are millions who hang on his every word.. That makes me fear for the future.

Submitted on Saturday, Jul 27, 2019 at 10:29:31 PM

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