NOW IS THE TIME

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie says NOW IS THE TIME TO TALK ABOUT WHAT WE ARE ACTUALLY TALKING ABOUT:

President Obama endured disrespect from all quarters.

By far the most egregious insult directed toward him, the racist movement tamely termed “birtherism,” was championed by Trump.

Yet, a day after the election, I heard a journalist on the radio speak of the vitriol between Obama and Trump. No, the vitriol was Trump’s.

Now is the time to burn false equivalencies.

Now is the time to refuse the blurring of memory.

Each mention of “gridlock” under Obama must be wrought in truth: that “gridlock” was a deliberate and systematic refusal of the Republican Congress to work with him.

Now is the time to call things what they actually are, because language can illuminate truth as much as it can obfuscate it.

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