On Tuesday, June 14, the White House hosted the “United State of Women’s Summit.” This first-annual event was put on to recognize how far feminism has come, and highlight what needs to be done moving forward. The Summit’s mission statement is as follows:
‘There’s a lot that’s been done by and for women and girls, but there’s still plenty to do. Convened by the White House, this Summit will rally all of us together to celebrate what we’ve achieved, and how we’re going to take action moving forward.’
Obama briefly took the podium, and his message was clear:
‘I may be a littler grayer than I was 8 years ago, but this is what a Feminist looks like.’
Here’s the YouTube video of Obama’s address:
Cheers erupted as a result from the energized crowd. When our nation is being threatened by prejudice and inequality, we can find solace in knowing that we stand united around pushing for equality and understanding. We are united as a country making great strides in the areas of feminism and gender equality.
Or we could be, if Americans didn’t have so many gay-hating, right-wing lunatics.
Immediately following the press conference, Twitter began to flood with anti-gay garbage.
— The Editor (@TheDailyDigest) June 15, 2016
— David ❌ American Nationalist (@DancrDave) June 14, 2016
It’s 2016 people. What is happening here? Was the shooting at Pulse nightclub not enough? Hateful, ignorant Republicans need to spin a powerful stand on feminism into a statement to push their anti-gay agenda? Why, in a time of strength and unity, would people use their voice as a means to further attack an already prejudiced people? Why continue the hate?
These people taking to their Twitter accounts really lay out what is wrong with America today. These are the types of people that create an environment to breed hate and frustration. These are the people that encourage willful ignorance and misunderstanding. These are the people that propagate violence and destructive views that often result in misunderstood minorities lashing out.
We all need to fight for equality and understanding if we wish to move this country in a better direction. Strength and understanding is how we can move forward into a brighter future.
Featured Image is a screenshot from the video.