I remember seeing Barack Obama when he came to Berlin during his run for his first presidency. It was incredibly inspiring. Die Straße des 17. Juni was packed and the mood was very inspiring.
Barack Obama and especially President Obama was such an outlier in the history of politics and looking at the current situation it becomes even more astonishing that it happened at all.
This text once more makes this crystal clear and shows that the world desperately needs people like him.
I recognize that these past few months have been hard and dispiriting — that the fear, sorrow, uncertainty, and hardship of a pandemic have been compounded by tragic reminders that prejudice and inequality still shape so much of American life. But watching the heightened activism of young people in recent weeks, of every race and every station, makes me hopeful. If, going forward, we can channel our justifiable anger into peaceful, sustained, and effective action, then this moment can be a real turning point in our nation’s long journey to live up to our highest ideals.
Let’s get to work.
PS: I hope that the behaviour and actions we’re seeing from the right wing (everywhere, not just in the US!) are “Rückzugsgefechte”, literal translation according to LEO rearguard actions.