Thank you for posting this question. I feel like there is a wound continuing to open. Every few moments it gets a chance to heal until I see another death or act of racism/bias. I use to be proud to represent my home, to say I am in the land of the free but now I feel more afraid of what I am representing. I see that flag and I see hate. I completely understand what you're going through. Know you are representing the people who represent love and unity. Maybe that's not everyone but it's enough to still have some hope. Maybe it's hope you're representing.
Thank you for the comment. And you are right. It's a very odd thing. Everyone that I have encountered with similar feelings have struggled as well. I was very excited by the opportunity to have an open discussion with other delegates from the 196 countries represented. :)
Great question. Having been in your situation in the past, but when the racial divide wasn't so obvious, it WAS easy for me to represent the USA. But today, I would find myself in a difficult situation, like yourself. So, I asked myself, "What would Obama do?"
Great statement. He must feel it more than anyone. What a great icon to reference during hard times.
You have many international friends and even have a Japanese kimono (and some other foreign dresses, I guess).
I hope that many of the participants of the conference will listen to your global view and share theirs.
Spoken so eloquently.
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