The Aftermath V: Don't Question My Patriotism

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Because American patriots come in all colors.

Part 5 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.

“It brings me no comfort” is the best way school principal Rafiq Kalam Id-Din can describe his feelings about the election of Donald Trump. As a Black Muslim whose charter school caters to a district composed of predominantly poor and working-class minority families, Id-Din, who is also an attorney, says he must be vigilant to ensure that he and his community enjoy the full protection of the law. But in this episode of The Aftermath, he also acknowledges the surprising, counterintuitive and occasionally positive ways his students responded to Donald Trump’s candidacy and win.

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? How African-Americans are dealing with the aftermath of the 2016 election.

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