In many ways all President Trump did was hold up a mirror and show us who we really are. That’s us in the glass. It’s not pretty. It’s not pleasant. It’s ugly and mean, in so many ways. We certainly aren’t who I thought we were. We aren’t who I hoped we would be. Take a good look in the mirror. We are the problem.
The good news is that we can change what appears in the mirror. If we are the problem, we are also the solution. It’s hard work. Because, we must transform ourselves. It will require clear thinking. Our clear thinking requires thinking action all the way through. It will require sacrifice. It will require honesty, brutal honesty. And, it will require time. It will require a long time. We won’t transform our hearts and minds and change the visage in the mirror quickly. This is not the work of a single generation.
Consider Langston Hughes’ poem “Let America Be America Again”.
If I could I would say to Mr. Hughes: “I’ve looked in the mirror. And, I’m sorry. I thought we had done better and come farther. I thought the birth of the America you and I want was closer at hand. It’s not. It’s a far piece down the road. All I can say is: I won’t quit the road.” If Langston Hughes could remain hopeful for the America he saw as yet to be born, so can I.
Take comfort and take the call to action in the words of Rabbi Tarfon: “Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.”