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Since January 20th, the inauguration of our 45th president Donald Trump, social media and pop culture as a whole aims to resist the election results. The “resist movement” has gained traction on social media, specifically Twitter. Starting with the successful nationwide Women’s March. The Women’s March followed the inauguration and drew in a crowd close to 500,000 people. The resist movement did not end there.

With Trump’s latest executive order that was summed up on social media as simply the “#MuslimBan,” it lead to massive protests at international airports such as JFK and Dulles. The resist movement aims to dismantle any act of hate or violence and march with enthusiasm resembling the same passion that was present when Obama was running for president, both times. Obama’s promises of hope and change did not deteriorate; in fact, it is in the heart of the movement.

So, with that let’s thank Obama for gifting a generation of millennials the feeling of change and allowing his absences and contrast of President Trump to force a change in not only the government but humans as well.

Thank you Obama, for being the voice of reason and for all people.

Before it was Black Lives Matter, it was Trayvon Martin. Obama’s presidency, meant to the black community that there’s not only a person in office who looks like me, but one who understands me. An iconic moment in Obama’s presidency will forever be his commentary on Trayvon Martin.

“You know, when Trayvon Martin was first shot I said that this could have been my son.  Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago.  And when you think about why, in the African American community at least, there’s a lot of pain around what happened here, I think it’s important to recognize that the African American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that doesn’t go away” (obamawhitehouse.archives.gov).

In regards to Travyon Martin, more specifically the location of the case and the prosecutor Angela Corey, there was another issue plaguing young minority juveniles in the same area. Prosecutor Angela Corey has been criticized for insisting juvenile offenders are placed in solitary confinement. Thank you Obama, for banning solitary confinement for juveniles in federal prisons.

Why is this important? Remember this information and importance when President Trump tweets about sending in feds to “crime-infested” cities like Chicago and what that could mean for minority juveniles in those cities.

 

Thank you Obama for you speech at Howard University’s commencement where you told the Howard University grads to “Be confident in your heritage.”

Be confident in your blackness.”  Yes, you were speaking to them, but through the television screen, the words felt like a comforted hug and a relief that there is nothing wrong in having pride in your own culture.

The Woman’s March was very successful in spreading a message of unity, feminism, and resistance, and it was not enough to influence President Trump from reinstating the Global Gag Rule. The Global Gag Rule cuts federal funding for international services and agencies for women’s reproductive care, more specifically which offer or educate women about abortion services. What may seem to be a fatal blow to feminist activists should be a reminder to keep on fighting.

Thank you Obama for also fighting for women’s rights.

Before leaving the office, Obama signed in a rule to protect Planned Parenthood from being de-funded. In which they responded:

“Today the Obama Administration finalized a new rule that protects birth control, cancer screenings, and other basic health care for more than 4 million people. The rule ensures patients can access care at qualified health care providers, including Planned Parenthood and other reproductive health care providers. The Obama Administration’s rule makes it clear that it is against the law for states to block people from accessing care at a health center because the organization also provides safe, legal abortion. The rule garnered widespread support in the call for public comment with 91% of the roughly 145,000 responses in favor of the rule”(plannedparenthood.com).

Thank you Obama, for removing restriction and allowing women in the military to engage in combat. Thank you Obama for prohibiting insurance companies for charging women higher rates because they’re women.

Thank you Obama for creating history

And allowing of marriage for same sex couples. This historic moment not only showed how far we’ve come as a country but how pressure on political figures and making your voices heard does indeed have a difference. The Presidency of Trump creates fear for many members of the LGBTQ community because of the vice President Mike Pence. It has been suggested that Mike Pence is in favor of gay conversion therapy. Also Pence wants to de-fund programs such as Planned Parenthood. As a former governor of Indiana, he is notoriously known for cutting funding from a Planned Parenthood in Scott County, which was the only center in the area to provide affordable HIV testing. This action resulted in a huge spike of HIV in that county.

Thank you Obama, for healthcare and forcing insurance companies to insure those with preexisting conditions.

Thank you for the tears

You’ve proved time and time again how humane you are. You’ve proved that you care for the country with the tears you’ve shed for lives lost. Thank you for fighting for Sandy Hook, and Thank you for your eulogy for those who lost their lives in the church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.- Barrack Obama

There is so much to Thank Obama for, from legislation and bills to memes about his bro-mance with Joe Biden. Obama’s legacy is a gift to those that got to experience it. To cast a vote for change and see it happen. It is also a hard lesson learned. The fight is never ending. That is probably where the hurt and resentment of the resist movement comes from. Yes, millions supported Obama and it seemed like a fraction of the country who disapproved of Obama and supported Trump could be minuscule, those supporters remembered to fight. They fought to “Make America Great Again”.

This does not invalidate Obama, or minimize what his legacy will mean. It just means that what happens onward is up to those that want to see a change. So, thank you Obama for not only your legacy but your absence that will groom and perfect leaders that want to see a less divisive and a more unified country.  Hopefully further protests and demonstrations can lead to conversations between “not my president” activists and “give him a chance” supporters.

There’s always a middle ground and as many of times throughout Obama’s presidency the act of compromise and understanding one another is possible. Your presidency felt like magic, and it felt like the dream that Martin Luther King Jr proclaimed to us. It was the dream and, those that felt the excitement and the joys of Obama must not give up on the dream. We must make it a reality.

 

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