2016 is halfway over. Looking back, what have we seen? We've seen Donald Trump take it upon himself to bring up the lies, hatred, and discriminatory tactics that have riled up so many. We've seen hate on a grand scale. We've seen it plastered on our TVs, looped over online video. We've seen the ugly side of us. And let me tell you, it's not made us "great." It's not made us close to "great." Everyone keeps saying "It's 2016, we should be over this." But the truth is, it doesn't matter what year it is. Hate doesn't evolve. Hate doesn't magically go away.
Right now, we don't know what November will bring. But what's clear is that we're going to have to figure out how to fix what happened this year, no matter what the outcome is. We are going to have to figure out how to come together again. The Olympics showed us that America has always been great. It showed the world that we are still a united country, with people of all backgrounds who have come together to represent who we are. And when we join together, beauty and light can block out all the hate.
But we have to keep getting better. We have to stay united. We must recognize the hate that exists. We must be honest about the bias that exists. And we have to do something about it. What do we do? Hard to say. It starts with teaching our kids how to treat people. It starts with talking to each other, rather than screaming at each other. It's about respecting all different kinds of people, communities and families. It's about ending the violence. It starts with us. Listening, hearing, thinking, feeling, having empathy, and understanding our differences.
Donald Trump has come in like a tornado and he's forced long-simmering hate out into the open. Sadly, he's made it seem acceptable. And we will be the ones left to pick up the pieces. The wounds are still going to be raw. The anger is still going to be there. November is not going to solve our problems. It's not going to wipe away the floods, or build better police departments, or magically make the hate go away. No. That's going to take a lot more. And it's on us to make it better.