Frankly, many of these outlets are blowing it when it comes to writing about race. This should be a time for media outlets to get their collective shit together when it comes to writing about Black folks, not double down on tired anti-Black cliches about “identity politics” and diversity hires. Because Trump’s policy positions create a unique threat for people of color, writing well about race is going to be critically important. Why should we trust that these outlets and writers are up to the task when they seem hell bent on proving they are not?
That’s the America I know. That’s the country we love. Clear-eyed. Big-hearted. Optimistic that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word. That’s what makes me so hopeful about our future. Because of you. I believe in you. That’s why I stand here confident that the State of our Union is strong.