I started this series with a pep talk, so it only seems appropriate to end it with a pep talk. Kid President has jump started thoughts and provoked action. It has been inspiring and empowering to see his passion grow and his efforts evolve into movements. If we learn nothing else from Kid President, we should know that our voices matter, no matter how small we think we are. Now, it is time for a message from Kid President: listen to his words, apply them to today’s situations, and do your part in taking action.
In light of the events in recent days, I cannot help but think about the possibilities and responsibilities we have to protect and honor the status we hold as Americans and humans. I, now more than ever, want to be the positive change in the world. It is not enough to sit back and watch history happen before my eyes; I need to take an active role in history and the shaping of the next generation. Kid President is already doing his part, so now it is my turn and your turn to do something for the modern era.
It is easy to sit behind a screen and say this, that, and the other thing, but until we get out and actually do the things we are saying, nothing will ever get done. My greatest fear is that the “should have, could have, would have” mentality will yet overcome another generation as we sit idle during times of separation and fear. We must muster the courage to stand up for others, assemble in solidarity with the oppressed, and be united in heart and mind. We cannot let the trap of division tear us apart and dictate our affiliations.
I will admit, I have had a pit in my stomach watching news reports and reading updates about the current political divide in our nation. And even though I am not sure what the long-term ramifications are going to be, I do know that together we can do something. Demonstrations have been taking place almost daily in every state at some point or another this week, and it is amazing to think about. Demonstrations have been an integral aspect of American history, and they have been successful. People marched for rights then, and we will continue to march for rights today. Regardless of what we are marching for and standing up against, we must break barriers and unite as one to create a wave of change.
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