The Aftermath II: History Doesn’t Repeat, but It Rhymes

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Why you should care

Because learning from history’s patterns, and figuring out how to mobilize, is the best way forward in uncertain times.

Part 2 of The Aftermath With Christina Greer, a provocative OZY original series featuring candid conversations between Black thought leaders who are coming to terms with what a Trump presidency could mean for the communities they represent.

On November 9, President Obama promised those reeling from Donald J. Trump’s election stunner that “the sun will still rise in the morning.” Ten weeks later, on the eve of Trump’s inauguration, the sun continues to rise — and OZY is pleased to bring forth stories, conversations and viewpoints from across the political spectrum.

Next week, we’ll kick off a yearlong series that will bring you political reporting from every state in the nation. We will continue to bring you conservative and liberal thought leaders, like Paul Ryan, Karl Rove and Al Franken. And this week, we are pleased to bring you this seven-part, video op-ed series featuring political scientist Christina Greer. The focus? The aftermath of the 2016 election.

In this bracing conversation with Greer, political scientist and social-justice activist Dorian Warren argues that individuals need to step up and not wait for the old-school civil rights groups, which he considers “obsolete.” He calls for all threatened groups, not just African-Americans, to seize the moment and marshal their brainpower, sweat equity and financial resources to bring about change. And he invokes what his own mother told him the morning after Trump’s election: “History doesn’t repeat, but it rhymes.”


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