“This loss hurts, but please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it.”
Hillary Clinton addresses a somber yet enthusiastic crowd Wednesday morning at the New Yorker Hotel in New York City. While many in the country are still trying to understand the stunning victory by president-elect Donald Trump, Clinton delivered an energizing and inspiring speech to her supporters. Clinton thanked all the Americans that helped to progress her campaign and agenda calling it a “vast, diverse, creative, unruly, energized campaign” and that her supporters represent “the best of America.”
“For people of all races, and religions, for men and women, for immigrants, for LGBT people, and people with disabilities,” Clinton said in her concession speech. “For everyone. I am so grateful to stand with all of you.”
Obama has also addressed the nation following the results of last night’s election.
During his speech, Obama addressed the concerns of millions of Americans about the transfer of power from an Obama administration to a Trump administration. He spoke about his own ascension to the Oval Office and how the Bush administration had graciously made the transition smooth and efficient. Obama promised the American people that after his conversation with president-elect Trump that his administration would do the same thing. He reminded everyone that we are all on the same team and that the election was just an intramural scrimmage.
When discussing today’s volatile state of our country, the racism, the violence, the injustice, people often say “it’s never been this bad.”
How do we truly know for sure that something we are experiencing today, as a minority, as Latinos, is something, unlike anything previous generations have experienced before. We certainly cannot tell from history books mainly because history books often omit the Latino experience altogether. We sometimes only have oral histories to rely on. The stories elder Latinos share with us about what life was like in the past, before social media, before cell phones, and before the media ever reported about injustices against our community.
Those special individuals are typically our grandparents, tias, la vecina, and more importantly activists that continue to fight for the cause today. Recently presidential candidate, Julian Castro said that he stands on his important platforms today primarily because of his mother Rosie.
As a lifelong Texan, Rosie said the racism in 2019 is more evil than anything she has ever seen.
In an interview with NBC News, Rosie who’s not only grown up in Texas but has also worked her adult life as an activist for Latinos said that she knows racism well because she has lived through it her entire life but what is happening today is extremely different from the past.
“When I was in the movement, I knew the racism was out there and it was institutional. This kind of racism is different,” she said to the network. “That rhetoric has gone on for three years now, and I think we’ve all seen the rise of the hate groups and then even the rise of just ordinary people in a store that feel empowered to say something to a person who is speaking Spanish or is dark-skinned.”
Rosie said the racist words from President Donald Trump has single-handly inspired white supremacists to target Latinos.
She said he is the catalyst to our current crisis.
Rosie said that when Trump first got elected she immediately felt like she was back in time, as if it were the ’60s all over again, but adds that this time it feels much worse. She said back then, President Nixon and California Governor Ronald Reagan had a campaign against Latinos too. However, it does not compare to the injustices against Latinos today. She points out that Trump claims to be a Christian yet can spew such vile words. “He’s just allowed that to become a blatant racist part of our reality,” Rosie said.
As a former community organizer in the ’60s and ’70s, Rosie said Latinos had a mission to work at making the country a better place.
Now, Rosie said that Latinos are fighting for their lives. She also attributes a huge difference between then now on gun violence. Children today are afraid to go to school because mass shootings happen so frequently.
Her son has always had a strong position against guns. He has spoken about it extensively during his presidential campaigning. Julian has said he will push for renewing the assault weapons ban, as well as limiting high-capacity magazines and, naturally, requiring background checks.
One thing that is inspiring Rosie — aside from her son running for president — is that so many organizations today are rising up to fight for equality and against racism.
Rosie said the organizations she sees today does remind her of her time as an activist back in the day. While the injustices and crimes against Latinos is a stark difference, one thing that feels familiar is the energy from young Latinos rising together.
Rosie has long been credited for influencing her sons’ work as public servants, to fight for Latinos and all people in the U.S.
Both Julian and Joaquin had attributed their rise in politics to their mother. It was her work as an activist and in education that made them both want to strive to make the United States a better place to live.
In 2012, Julian gave his now-famous keynote address at the Democratic National Convention where he introduced then-President Barack Obama. In a few words, Julian not only paid tribute to the women in his life but also the American Dream that they worked so hard for.
“My grandmother never owned a house,” Julian said back then. “She cleaned other people’s houses so she could afford to rent her own. But she saw her daughter become the first in her family to graduate from college. And my mother fought hard for civil rights so that instead of a mop, I could hold this microphone.”
It is because of women like Rosie that we have a platform to stand on as well.
There is something so satisfying about being petty or watching a petty situation take place. That is exactly what we are seeing right now with a petition asking for New York City to rename a stretch of 5th Ave. in front of Trump Tower to President Barack H. Obama Avenue. Obama’s name has been used to rename some roads in the U.S. already and people are pushing for that trend to land right on Donald Trump’s doorstep.
A petition on MoveOn.org is calling for NYC to rename a portion of 5th Ave. after President Obama.
The petition started as a joke but it quickly gained attention and speed and has continued to grow. So far, more than 360,000 people have signed the petition and are hoping the Mayor Bill DeBlasio listens to their request.
Some are not sure if it will happen but so many people are really pushing for the change.
“The City of Los Angeles recently honored former President Barack Obama by renaming a stretch of the 134 Freeway near Downtown L.A. in his honor,” reads the petition. “We request the New York City Mayor and City Council do the same by renaming a block of Fifth Avenue after the former president whose many accomplishments include: saving our nation from the Great Recession; serving two completely scandal-free terms in office; and taking out Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind September 11th, which killed over 3,000 New Yorkers.”
While the petition is being taken seriously by some people, others are just here for the show.
We all love to see some next level pettiness and the people who created this petition, and support it, are giving people all kinds of life.
“I saw a comedian joke about how it would make Trump so mad if it was named after former President Obama and thought why not,” Elizabeth Rowin, the author of the petition, told Newsweek.
Some see this as a justifiable bout of karma.
Yet, the request is already failing one key factor for a street renaming in NYC. According to ABC7NY, individuals honorees have to be deceased for two years prior to consideration for such a dedication. There is also a moratorium on street renamings in that part of New York City further complicated the issue.
Regardless of the viability of the street renaming, people are completely invested in this happening.
It isn’t clear if the letter and petition will or will not be sent to Mayor Bill DeBlasio. He is running for the presidency right now and it might serve as a good way to grab some headlines if he pushes it through. Just imagine Donald Trump having to put “President Barack H. Obama” on his business cards, letterhead, and outgoing mail.