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The Lookout | April 12, 2021

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Maddy’s Message: Keep moving forward

Maddy’s Message: Keep moving forward
  • On January 11, 2021

By Maddy Warren
Editor In Chief

I was born on Sept. 25, 2001, two weeks to the day after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

As my parents welcomed their first child and only daughter, the nation was in the early stages of recovering from the deadliest terrorist attack in the history of our country.

Nearly 20 years after the attack, another group of terrorists stormed our nation’s Capitol in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, Jan. 6. This time they were domestic terrorists; Americans who broke into a United States Federal Government building with harmful intentions.

Although I am shocked and disappointed, I am unfortunately not surprised. Violence, hatred and division have plagued the U.S. for a lot longer than the last four or five years. It has been going on for decades.

Every year Americans across the country remember the near 3,000 lives lost on 9/11.

When the new administration takes over in less than two weeks we – much like the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001 – cannot forget those we lost as a result of violence during the last four years. And we cannot fail to remember the events of Jan. 6, 2021.

I fear the momentum will slow with the new administration, and that we will enter another period of gridlock.

Activist groups and organizations formed during the Trump administration dedicated endless hours to the issues they are passionate about during one of the most aggressive political climates in the history of our country.

Taking a look at the last four or five years, there were a significant amount of setbacks. Bigotry that might have been closeted before was suddenly made public, due to those in positions of power who incite the behavior and act this way too.

Despite this, I can only hope it will be outweighed by the progress that was made.

One person in particular who aided in the progress is Stacey Abrams. After she lost the Georgia gubernatorial race by less than 2 percent in 2018, she founded “Fair Fight Action.” An organization working to fight voter suppression in the U.S., especially in Georgia and Texas.

The way Abrams helped flip Georgia from red to blue in the recent presidential and congressional elections is beyond impressive. Abrams illuminated the extent of voter suppression in this country. She deserves all the credit. But it doesn’t end here.

The work is not over the second Joe Biden takes office. For he is not the solution, but rather a step in the right direction. There is a long way to go in reforming and repairing the damage done since 2016. And let’s face it – the damage was being done long before the current administration was inaugurated four years ago.

If we are to keep progressing as a country and working to improve life overall for all Americans, we have to continue voting for candidates who uphold the integrity of our democracy; those who acknowledge the issues and work for all Americans regardless of their identity.