Altering Perspectives: Life, Death, Military, Mental Illness and Kaepernick 

By Pete Rearden

I’ve had some…interesting experiences in the past 43 years. I’ve had some real high points, made some friends who are probably better than I deserve, and managed to live through it all so far. I’ve also had some incredibly low points, be it from costly misadventures, poor personal decisions, or poorly advised career moves. When I was just beginning my path through adulthood I started on a real low point. Within eleven months, eleven months to the day if we are going to be precise, I had buried both my younger brothers. The white sheep of the flock, Marc, was the passenger in a car destroyed by a freight train. My partner in crime, my fellow black sheep, my best friend, Paul, stepped between me and a crackhead mugger’s knife. He bled out in my arms on his second grade teacher’s doorstep.

My brother Marc and I loved each other, but we weren’t friends. Youth doesn’t always lend itself well to understanding. His death hurt deeply, but in comparison to later events, it wasn’t a deeply scarring trauma.

Paul’s murder made Marc’s death a veritable emotional cake walk. Seeing the blood pouring from his neck, seeing him fighting for air that wouldn’t come, watching his eyes glaze as the ambulance arrived…that broke, no, that trapped a part of me on a suburban street corner where it will always be October 13, 1995.

In 1996, the burst of blinding rage, the hyper-vigilance, the nightmares, and the long sleepless vigils were given a name: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD.

It has shaped who I am, both in terms of what President Abraham Lincoln called the “lighter angels” of my being, as well as the darkest demons. Over the years I’ve learned to ride the horse rather than simply clutching the reins. Sometimes you lose your grip on those reins though.

As the years went by, I lost more friends to the grave too early. I saw death up close. Sometimes it was at a car wreck, sometimes in a medivac chopper flying in and out of firefights, sometimes in hospitals, sometimes on street corners after the world had turn to all heat and noise and smoke and screams.

Each death made me a better rider of the pale horse I’d saddled that night in October all those years ago, but it also made that pale horse a little stronger as well.

I can’t see a needless death of a mother’s son on a quiet street, a child struggling to breathe through an oxygen mask as their body shakes from the chlorine they’ve breathed, or any other number of tragedies so frequently on display in the news without the parts of me that were trapped forever in the darkest moments of my past screaming out.

It makes me mean, it makes me cruel, it makes me vicious; not physically, but a sharp tongue can cut deeper than the sharpest blade.

I’m lucky. I don’t drink myself to sleep. I’m not strung out on pills. I don’t have traumatic brain injury as well as PTSD. I’ve learned to know my demons and how to keep the harnessed for the most part.

There are men and women who’ve served us who aren’t so fortunate.

Rather than talking about Colin Kaepernick, why not start a conversation about our veterans, as they are the ones the flag worshippers are claiming to be defending the honor and dignity of.

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Colin Kaepernick takes a knee during National Anthem. Photo  by Chris Carlson/AP

This is what angers me. When it is convenient for them, many of those on the right – and make no mistake, this is a behavior peculiar to the more conservative voices in our nation – will fetishize our veterans. Sadly it is never convenient to fetishize and adulate when a veteran can’t find a job, when the part of a veteran trapped on a battlefield half a world and half a decade away drinks him to death, when a veteran sleeps on the streets cold and alone, or when a veteran sees his own death at his own hand as a blessing.

This disingenuous and hollow hero worship is sickening. Claiming that a man refusing to worship what at times has been little more than an American swastika as you turn a blind eye to the veteran slowly dying on the street is beyond hypocritical. It is the act of a callous and callow opportunist. To those who know intimately what these men and women deal with in the privacy of their own minds, it is a disrespect to our veterans far greater than refusing to worship a symbol.

Why don’t we turn the conversation away from how Colin Kaepernick is a bad person for respectfully protesting injustice, and turn the conversation to how we are all, regardless of race or creed, the agents of a great injustice.

Why don’t we see and talk about the injustice Kaepernick, and an increasing number of athletes are protesting with far more dignity than a person waving a trite sign on a corner, with an eye on the marginalized people who these athletes are protesting for.

To use the service of others as a political tool is a dishonor to their service. Why don’t we leave our soldiers and veterans out of this fight. They’ve fought enough.

pete Pete Rearden is a photographer, photojournalist, and opinionated commenter on America. Photo by Steve Watkins.

Terror on the Streets 

I had a dream last night about the urgency  of now and importance of addressing police officers terrorizing young men. In my dream, there was an image of my nephews walking in a world where police officers and young men are at war. Then I woke up.  It wasn’t a dream, that nightmare is real.  It is happening every day. Young men are killing each other faster than the officers are.  Why aren’t we talking about it.

I saw my 15 year old nephew’s Instagram page with the photo of a young up and coming rapper DC named Swipey who was killed a couple of days ago.  I didn’t know who he was.  But I was intrigued that my 13 year old niece and another fifteen year old nephew commented on the post.  Their comments read RIP with sad emoticons.

I felt instant sadness.  I held them not too long ago in my arms as babies and now as teenager their innocence has already been stripped away.  This young 18 year old was killed by possibly four or five young men who ambushed him with guns. Why? A robbery? An argument? Whatever it was, amounts to nothing important.   What is important, Swipey is gone. Where is the outrage about his death?  Had he been killed by the police, there would be outrage, marches and such.

A sense of urgency to call out the injustice and insensitivity of law enforcement is necessary.  Did you watch the video above of a ten year old chased by police who thought he was a twenty year old?

On my company, Party Politics US chalkboards, people have written that criminal justice, black lives matter, protecting all lives, race relations and racial stereotypes are things they want the next President to work on. I agree with them, do you?

If so, this means all of us no matter who wins the election have to work with the next President to address policemen who are terrorizing our young men.  It means, taking responsibility and having intolerance for the people on the streets carrying guns.  Killing one another on the street and even in church over a seat.

And it means calling this what it is, an American issue.  Power, entitlement and selfishness all a part of America, have brought about this epidemic. America has cultivated this since our inception. It’s not a game, it’s real life. But for some who have no feelings of remorse, whose hearts are so hardened and desensitized, this is like a video game.

A week after the Newtown shooting I said that Wayne LaPierre of the NRA made valid points in his press statement.  Many criticized me.  Looking back, the timing of my thoughts may have been hasty.  The wounds were too fresh.   You were right then. But I still stand by what I said then. We have to listen, doesn’t mean agree, with what he said.

The gun culture alone is not the problem. We are! In his remarks he said “there exists in this country a callous, corrupt shadow industry that sells and sows violence against its own people.” Before you disagree consider this.

Have you ever innocently bought your child a toy gun, water pistol or super soaker that looks like a gun?  If you are like my parents, you never did.  But somehow, my siblings and I figured out how to shape our hands into a gun and pretend to shoot at each other.

How about this?  Ever purchased video games like Grand Theft Auto, Mortal Kombat, Splatterhouse, or any war games?  Even played them yourself?  You may not have, but a neighbor or family member may have.  Somehow, no matter how hard you tried, your child learned about guns and the power to kill. Unless, you completely shield them from television, movies and school American culture has a way of putting guns in the minds of our children.  It has for a long time.

Even our politicians engage but there role is far greater.  Yet, it still sends a signal that guns and power permeate our society.  Consider that most members of Congress have never fought or served in the military.  Yet they have been empowered to send our young men and women off to war in places we have no business being in.  Then we see the names of loved ones, or those we have never known listed on the news and in newspapers.  In some cases, on the walls of memorials.  We create a police culture abroad with our military and here with our police. This isn’t something just created, it’s been developing a loooong time.

Here’s something else to consider.  Name a country that has had not one, but four Presidents that were killed by shooters since 1865?

Malcolm X said after President John F. Kennedy’s assassination that his assassination was a byproduct of hate, and “the chickens are coming home to roost.”  We have a precipitous environment of hate in America.  The wars abroad have taken out attention off the war at home between the hate between our police forces and the young men killing each other on the street.

Do you want to address this issue? Or do you want your child, nephew, grandson, to be traumatized like this 10 year old who was chased by police who were looking for a twenty year old? I want to address it. To achieve anything, means having some hard long conversations.  That means talking not yelling.

Hot heads don’t solve problem. Now is the time to open our hearts so that we can hear one another. Now is the time to sit down and let cooler heads prevail. If we don’t sit down and talk, nothing get accomplished.

In the video, did you see the young man’s mother talking to her son.  I am certain her heart was racing.  Anger boiling.  And yet she asks him, what are you feeling.  That is a mother’s love and relief that her son lived to tell the tale of what happened. But what about the next time?

We all know, the officers were wrong!  But yelling at them accomplishes what? That is no different than what we accuse our politicians on both sides of the aisle for doing.  The urgency of the moment calls on us to sit down to talk before more young men like this ten year old are traumatized.

Some of you may want to make it about race. I see it.  I see modern day slave catchers kidnapping free black men and selling them into slavery. Instead, today they see no value for their life so they are killing them.  These young men are expendable to them.  They use the excuse, I thought he had a gun.  Knowing that if it goes to court, like the white man that killed Emmitt Till, Medgar Evers and many others will walk out of court a free man.

Here’s the reality.  One stark difference from then and now.  Today, we can vote for people who can change policy.  Unfortunately, we don’t vote or we vote straight party without looking at the positions of all the candidates!  We all can be smarter in our approach and find that while we have differences, there may be some significant things we can work on together.

We can work together in ways we couldn’t just sixty years ago. We can’t do that if we remain trapped in an abyss of hole of despair. As a legislator told me, if you want to get out of the hole, stop digging!

Young men killing each other is digging us all into a deeper hole.  They don’t appear to put much value on their own lives.  How do we expect the police to value them.

I don’t know why those young men killed young Swipey. But my heart aches for him, his friends, girlfriend and my niece and nephews.

I don’t for the life of me understand why those police officers chased this ten year old.  My heart aches for him and his mother.  My heart is open.  But I can’t blame him if his heart hardens after this experience.  This is part of the narrative we aren’t talking about. The cause and effect.  That’s why many of these young men are killing each other.  Who has valued these children’s lives.  If you don’t see it in the video, trust me, that hurt will manifest itself soon into another hardened heart.  His innocence was just ripped from him, no differently than the young slave boy or girl who was pulled away at a young age to work in the fields instead of playing like little kids should.

If you’re still reading this now and you’re white, or Republican and conservative, close your eyes and imagine, what if this ten year old was your child.

To my young friends, disenchanted with the voting process. Don’t give up. To those who say #BernieOrBust let your voice be heard at the ballot box. There’s another election in two years and another presidential one in four.

If you think not voting is an option, don’t complain about the injustices that are happening. But if it is important to see change occur, remember that we have a checks and balance system in our federal, states and cities. President is not the end all. We need you to vote not just for president.

We need you to vote for congressional, state and local elected candidates who believe like you and me that policy must change. This election is about more than Clinton and Trump. It is about the people. It is about ensuring that we don’t have another fiscal cliff crisis. Or another threat of a government shutdown. It is about creating policy that protects us all from another housing, auto or banking collapse.

My dream last night was about the urgency of now. And the need for all of us, no matter what race, religion, sex or sexual orientation, to recognize that this election is a referendum on human values. Guns add nothing to that value. This election is about human dignity. It is about how we live with each other. How we treat one another. How we love one another. How we value one another.

Surely we can do better than what these officers did to this young man?  If you agree, please share it with your friends and family and talk about it. Join me and others on our Facebook group Chalkboard Conversations where we are having daily discussion.  Together we can make a change.

What do you think?

 

To read Wayne LaPierre full text statement after Newtown http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/full-text-nra-remarks-gun-control-debate-newtown-article-1.1225043

Video of Wayne LaPierre statement http://youtu.be/iusoultZYSs

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headshot Atiba Madyun is President of The Madyun Group (TMG), a Public Affairs firm in Washington, DC and creator of Cognitive Relevance (CR), founder of Party Politics US and Associate Producer on The Framing of OJ Simpson.  Follow him on Twitter @atibamadyun or Atiba Madyun on Facebook.

Trump Isn’t a Phenomenon, He’s A….

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L-R Larry King and Donald Trump

Trump isn’t a phenomenon, he’s a reflection on all Americans values.

I’ve questioned what’s on television for a long time. Why did people watch The Apprentice? A show about dysfunction and someone getting fired each week until someone was left standing promised a job working for Trump? All the while people who are poor are sucked in making the rich, richer.

Want change? The people have to change. Want politicians to do the right thing? The people have to do the right thing.

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Far right, star Alana Thompson with her family on the reality show, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo

 

That’s a hard thing to do……there’s the 24 hour news cycle making money. That is circumvented by trash reality tv i.e. Honey boo boo and Kardashians. Also by endless sports programming and sports news reporting and repeating the same story hour after hour to keep people spellbound.

 

 

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Kardashians Photo: Las Vegas Sun

When you get bored with that there’s more about the same thing with so-called journalists adding their viewpoints into the story.Trump isn’t the problem. We are….that’s the hard convo we aren’t having. It’s the narrative we don’t want to hear. What do you think?

In Case You’re Wondering, This Republican Is With…

My friends, this election is going to be great! Believe me awesome, the greatest we’ve ever seen!

We will see the highest turnout in the modern day era.  Believe me, it’s going to be great seeing so many people, of all walks of life, rural and urban come vote!   It reminds me of the images of South Africans once disenfranchised, standing in line for hours to vote for Nelson Mandela in 1994.  We and the world may we see that this year in America. A lot of people who usually stay home, will come out to vote!  That doesn’t mean we will all agree on who to vote for.  Our nation is split right down the middle.  Nevertheless, we all need to vote!

No one can stand on the sidelines for this one.  No one should.  Why, because this election is going to be great and all votes will matter.  I promise you, they will really matter. Remember the 2000 voter debacle in Florida?  If you think there were issues then, wait til you get a load out of November 2016.  There will be voter issues, so know your rights!

On one side we have Donald Trump who has energized his base.  A reality television celebrity, he’s got a solid base. On the other, we have Hillary Clinton.  A woman in the public eye over forty years running an historic campaign as the first woman of a major political party to win her Party’s nomination.

Trump has fired a wall of division into the air.  That’s made some friends on the Republican side nervous and they haven’t embraced him.  They also find it hard to back Clinton.   Then there are my friends who despite his wall of division are embracing Trump. These are not just White, uneducated voters as some on the other side seem to think.  These friends are of all races and very educated.  And they’ve taught me a lot.  One is to accept their choice. Know what, they’re right!  I’m okay with it. I love them even if I disagree with them.  That’s what makes America great!  We can agree to disagree.

That’s why, my friends who don’t like politics, I’m not asking you to change and like politics.  I am asking you to be engaged.  If you don’t stay engaged, if you don’t vote, a narcissistic, pompous bigot is going to occupy the White House and destroy years of progress.  After years of gridlock in politics, maybe that’s what America deserves! I don’t believe that, but if people don’t vote, that is what we are going to get.

Believe me, I promise you, it’s going to get nastier when the debates begin.  My fear is Hillary will not do well in those debates.  Not against Trump.  This man believes any lie he makes up.  How do you combat that? One person can’t, but many can.

This election is about American values. How do we ensure everyone has equal access to education, healthcare and jobs. I’ve been on this soapbox for years. When we don’t vote, we get politicians who take us into an economic recession, fiscal cliff and government shutdowns!

Heard the saying, We get the politicians we deserve. That’s why Congress is mired in gridlock and state legislatures battle over ObamaCare and education funding. We get what we deserve when we don’t vote.

We get them when the Kardashians, Honey Boo Boo and sports programming takes our attention away from the real reality television show – politics, where politicians decision impact each and every one of us.

Do we deserve Trump? If we don’t vote and stay informed, unfortunately, yes we do. We’ve seen what happens when we can’t  vote.  Isn’t that what we saw in slavery when Blacks and women were not allowed to vote?  And through segregation, when Blacks died for the right to vote?

I know, its not easy, but I promise you, believe me, the alternative, not staying engaged and voting  is a lot worse. If we all vote, those for and against Trump, it will be great for America.  A Clash of Titans!

Who will win? I don’t know. I believe, the diversity of our nation, the merging of our cultures, the fabric of our values are intact.  For that, I have hope that Hillary Clinton will win.

As a descendant of slaves and slave masters, I am inextricably linked to the origins of our nation once mired in slavery.  That origin evolved into segregation and from there other issues emerged like immigration, women’s right to choose, sexual orientation and identity.   More of us are on the side that recognizes #BlackLivesMatter.  And we know that #BlueLivesMatter because by extension we all believe #AllLivesMatter.  But right now, we need a leader that understands why this is important today.

I’m with her because, for whatever mistakes she made or decisions she made in the past, she’s consistently chosen to be on the side of the majority in good and bad times. There are more of us together on these issues than ever before.  And we need a leader who has the courage to address and change when the times call for it, because she listens to the people.

For that, I believe if we stick together on both sides, what will emerge is a referendum on our past, and a signal to all of us that CHANGE happened in 2008. And when it’s all said and done, she’s the best leader for all.  Despite the gridlock in Congress and our state legislatures, as a nation we are moving FORWARD in the right direction. That’s why it’s up to all of us to VOTE!

And it’s why I’m with Her!  Whether you are with her or not, will you please, Vote?

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How NOT Voting is Still Voting: Electoral Systems With Atiba Madyun By Sibongile Khumalo

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In conversation with Atiba Madyun President/CEO of The Madyun Group (TMG) on the US and South African electoral systems I learned many things, but the few that stood out were; one, you will never find the perfect candidate for presidency, unless the candidate is you of course and two; not voting is still voting for the gal or guy you like the least.

Truthfully speaking, the beauty of democracies is having an alternative. The only problem with this is that sometimes the options presented on the ballot paper are never quite perfect for you. They tend to vary from your least favorite individual to the one you hate the most. It is no wonder that so many people are just refusing to vote. I get it!

Nevertheless, and this is where living and prospering in a democracy becomes tricky; whether you decide to vote or not, you are gearing the course of your entire life!

The drawback about remaining neutral is that it is still making a statement. This gets even worse when it comes to voting because by not voting, the individual you hate the absolute most on the ballot paper, gets your vote. By not making an X next to anyone, it increases the chances of your most despised candidate to control many aspects of your life, even the most intimate of them, like who you can and cannot have a relationship with or where and when you can buy a house. Yes, it is that deep.

What is important to remember in voting or not voting for the individual or party who will essentially direct the course of your life, is what direction they are planning on leading it into. Try to understand their policies, politics and principles – are they progressive for the whole nation or only to some? What are they saying about YOUR future in the said democracy? What do they have to say about your neighbor’s future? Do you like what they have to say, or at least some of what they have to say? Are you okay with the direction they have planned for you, for your country? Are they cognizant about your life, your way of life and is this reflected in their policies, politics and principles?

Do note: in the ideal world an ideal party will check all the right boxes. However, because we live in a world where you are not running for president, not all of your boxes will be checked. Remember, the parties on these ballot papers consist of a group of PEOPLE, all wired differently and have differing ideas on what progress looks like. What is important to think about, I think, is which party checks most of your boxes, because remember; there is always room for progress.

So vote or don’t vote, just know who you are voting for.

About the  Author

BongiSibongile Khumalo, is currently pursuing an M.A in Environmental Literacy. She has a B.A. degree in Sociology and Communications, and an Honour’s degree in English Literature from the University of the Western Cape. She serves as the academic and transformation officer for the UWC graduate house committee (2015/2016). She is also a copy editor at Clarity Editorial and has worked on joint research projects with the World Health Organization and the UWC HIV/AIDS unit. Sibongile has demonstrated her passion for youth empowerment through co-founding My Sister My Keeper (NGO) which is directed at the development of young women in and around the Northern Cape region.

We Have to Talk About It!


Our POTUS signed into legislation in May the “Blue Alert” bill (God Bless those 11 victims, DART officers and 5 officers murdered, 7/7/16) and later that month decreed Transgender bathroom access. These topics were both important to our communities and our country. The administration felt so adamant about mandating the acceptance of the Transgender bathroom access in schools that they would withhold state funding for those states who refused to accept the decree/directive …I’ve been blessed to have within my personal community of friends and family a potpourri of cultures, gender preference, races and religions. My personal community of associates, friends and family who are both police officers and of the transgender community. So, please understand I say this with all due respect; why has that same action stated above not been taken by our government and/or administration. The lives lost this year alone among African-Americans killed by police officers has held in comparison to the two points shared above. Action must happen immediately, as it did for the “Blue Alert Bill” and the Transgender community…. There is No exception. #YouMustVote
To my personal community of associates, friends and family I heard all of your voices loud and clear, When:*France – was attacked: screen savers were changed and the outcry was moving and supported.

*Miami, FL. – nightclub was attacked and the senseless killings of All Americans screen savers were displayed and again the outcry was immediate by All-Americans.

*Istanbul – Airport attacked again senseless killings and lives lost 

*Yemen – Suicide Car Bomb killing 42 people killed, lives lost and families impacted again the outcry was heard. 

*Atlanta, Georgia- A black man was found hung from a tree, just yesterday in Piedmont Park. Very little mentioned and (Oh, NO Screen Savers available to place on our FB pages).  

…this is just to name a few! 

I am an American who’s of African decent and other nationalities, cultures, and who’s very proud to be one! 

Racism is real and no matter how much you want to ignore the subject we must discuss and get beyond the fear and the hate. 

Thank you for indulging me and again #WeAreOnePeople

Kwame Browner is happily married, a father of two and living in his native Washington, DC where he is a realtor. 

Hillary, Shattering the Glass Ceiling!

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at her first-in-the-nation presidential primary campaign rally, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in Hooksett, N.H. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

 

Part II: from Hillary, Pick Bernie!

Hillary, was First Lady of the United States from 1993-2001 and prior to that, First Lady of Arkansas for twelve years. She was the first female US Senator from New York serving 2001-2009, and served as the 67th United States Secretary of State (second woman) from 2009-2013.

But we forget about her journey up the mountain. Before she was Hillary Clinton, she was Hillary Rodham.  A young thirteen year old girl knocking on doors during the 1960 presidential election, where she found evidence of voter fraud against Republican candidate Richard Nixon.  Fourteen years later, she was an attorney on the impeachment inquiry staff that led to the resignation of President Nixon.

In 1975, with a remarkable experience in Washington, she moved back to Arkansas and married Bill Clinton.  A woman blazing an enviable career path went south to her husband’s home state.  A place where norms for women were behind the times. She ruffled feathers when she kept her last name, Rodham.  Normal today, in the mid-seventies it was unheard of, especially in the South.  Her motivation then was to keep their professional lives separate, as Bill soon headed to the governor’s mansion.

That is just the beginning of her story of traditions and contradictions that along the way shattered ceilings and lamented myths. How else could she break down barriers and shatter glass ceilings along the way? She’s raised the bar for women by championing issues here and abroad. And like any mother, she has been a powerful voice for children. Pushed the envelope and fit traditional roles like many women have for centuries.

By the time Bill Clinton was defeated in his re-election bid for Arkansas governor in 1980, she’d become the first female full partner in her law firm. That same year, she gave birth to their daughter, Chelsea.  When he successfully ran for reelection in 1982, she was blazing a path of independence. But took a leave of absence from the firm to support his campaign and to soften Arkansas voters’ concern, she used the name Hillary Clinton.

After the election, she used Hillary Rodham Clinton and took less pay than partners at her firm. She sat on a number of boards, supported education initiatives and became the first female member of the Board of Directors for Wal-Mart.  Talk about shattering glass ceilings.

In 1992, when her husband ran for president, her career was beyond blossoming. She made more money than her husband but to win the White House, she had to take a seat again in the traditional wife role. Here, her husband’s extramarital affairs were all over the news. She sat with him in a Sixty Minutes interview, as women wondered, what would she say? That one interview got his campaign got back on track and they won the White House.

There’s past, present and future to Hillary. Kinda like Hillary Rodham, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Hillary Clinton. At every turn, she’s been challenged. Men thirsty to hold on to power, insecure of letting the reins go, challenge her today. Benghazi, emails, servers and her husband’s past confront her every day.

Nevertheless, her resilience keep her moving upward shattering ceilings and myths about women. She is not unlike millions of women every day doing the same, balancing the home and the office.

So why do my friends ask me, “why does she wear the pant suits.” My answer is simple, it’s her cloak of armor. When she was in the US Senate, she was criticized by her male colleagues for wearing colorful suits instead of the Senate’s traditional dark colors evidently established by men. Now it’s her pants suit.

I admit, it would be nice to see her take off the pant suit for short times on the campaign trail. In a manner that allows her to relax and share her story of past, present and future. It would be nice to hear about Hillary Rodham and her challenges and successes going back to her childhood. And let her talk about what it is like to be Hillary Clinton now the diplomat, grandmother and future President of these United States.

That’s why as I wrote yesterday, in Hillary, Pick Bernie, that she should select him as her VP. He can free her to tell her story. Millions are waiting to fall in love with her, like I did rereading her story.  She doesn’t have to run the traditional route men before her set. Let Bernie hit Trump and let her be presidential.  If you are going to rewrite history and shatter the ceiling do it your way! You’ve earned it.

Like on this or share it if you want to know more about Hillary?  One more ceiling to shatter! This one is meant to rain down on Trump’s wall of division. It’s time for the next chapter in the American story.

About the author:

IMG_6592  Atiba Madyun is President of The Madyun Group (TMG), a Public Affairs firm in Washington, DC and creator of Cognitive Relevance (CR), founder of Party Politics US and Associate Producer on The Framing of OJ Simpson.  Follow him on Twitter @atibamadyun or Atiba Madyun on Facebook.