In Inspiring Speech, Obama Urges Graduates To ‘create A New Normal’ Amid Covid-19 And Protests

Barack Obama hopes the impact of this moment will last.

The former president paid tribute to this year’s class of 2020 in YouTube Originals’ “Dear Class of 2020” ‘s graduating class delivered a heartwarming and inspiring message. The more than four-hour special, which aired Sunday, also featured Barack’s wife, Michelle Obama, and Beyonce’s Graduation speech.

In his speech, Barack acknowledged that the past few months must have been “dizzying” for graduates, but he urged them not to wish Everything can go back to normal. As he put it, he wants them to create a “new normal”.

“Your generation is graduating into a world that faces more profound challenges than any generation has faced in decades. It will now feel like everything is up for grabs. A lot of that uncertainty is a direct result of COVID-19, which has taken 100,000 lives from us, it has caused The economic chaos. No one can say with certainty how long the crisis will last. Much will depend on the choices we make as a nation. But it will eventually end. Vaccines and cures will be available, the economy will begin to recover, and life will return to normal.” He began.

“What the last few weeks have also shown us is that the challenges we face go far beyond a virus. And the old normal wasn’t good enough. It doesn’t work that well.” Barack continued.” In many ways, the pandemic has only brought into focus many issues that have been growing for a long time, whether it’s the expanding economy Inequality, or the lack of basic health care for millions, whether it’s the continued surge of bigotry and gender discrimination that plagues our function of the political system. Similarly, the protests against the murders of George Floyd and Brenna Taylor, as well as the murders of Aamod Abbey and Nina Pope Nor are they merely a reaction to these particular tragedies. As heartbreaking as they are, they speak to decades of concern about unequal treatment and the failure to reform police practices and our criminal justice system. The pain and frustration of the system.”

The former politician went on to tell graduates that the “shock to the system” they are witnessing is one that ‘makes things better’ “The wake-up call.

“You don’t have to accept what used to be considered normal. You don’t have to accept the world as it is. You can make it the world as it should be, as it could be. You can create a new normal, a fairer normal that gives everyone a chance, treats everyone equally, and among people Build bridges, not divide them.” He proposed.” Just as America overcame slavery and the Civil War, recessions and depressions, Pearl Harbor and 9/11, and various social upheavals, we Can stand out from the current environment stronger than ever before. Better than ever before. But, just as at key moments in history, it will be up to young people like you to rewrite what’s possible.”

Barack said, seeing that young people have already begun to rewrite what’s possible – by taking to the streets in peaceful protest, regardless of race or background. “It’s incredibly inspiring.” You guys make me feel optimistic about our future,” he shared.

The father of two then offered a few key pieces of advice to the graduating class.” First, do what you think is right…. Second, listen to each other. Treat each other with respect,” he said.

“And finally, have faith in our democracy, even when everything seems broken. Participate and vote. Don’t be easily fooled by the cynicism that says nothing can change, or that there is only one way to bring about change.” Barack encouraged it.” During the recent protests, I’ve noticed an ongoing debate among young people that voting is more important than direct action and civil disobedience in the What a difference it makes in ending discrimination in our society. In fact, we do not have to choose. We need both. Peaceful protests and demonstrations are patriotic. They shine a light on injustice. They raise public awareness. They make the people in charge uncomfortable in a healthy way.”

“Change in America has always been because young people dare to hope.” He said.” Hope isn’t a lottery ticket, it’s a hammer we use in a national emergency…. It’s hope.”

“If your generation charges forward, America’s future remains the same. Congratulations, graduates of 2020. Make it count,” he concluded.

In her speech earlier Sunday, Michelle was full of what she sees in the future for the new generation of graduates and the changes they will enact emotion.

“Here’s the thing: I know you can do it, because over these many years, I’ve seen who you really are. I’ve seen your creativity, and your talent and your wit. I’ve seen you speak out to end gun violence and combat climate change. I’ve seen you collect donations for those in need during this pandemic, and I’ve seen you march with peace and purpose. That’s why, even in such difficult times, you are still the ones who give me hope. Graduates, you are exactly what we need now, and you will be what we need in the years to come.