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Counting the Cost

How Americans lost faith in everything and found Donald Trump

Julianne Malveaux | 12/15/2016, midnight

The election is over. Recounts are important for the sake of accountability, but I’m not sure they will make a difference in the electoral outcome. I support the recounts, and also an electoral audit. I support reform that makes it easier, not harder for people to vote. I believe that there are things that can be done in the next two years to take our democracy back.

I refuse to wring my hands and dry my eyes about Mr. Trump and his “victory” anymore. What must happen now is a return to community. I was heartened to see so many millennials at the New School panel, young people asking what to do next. The answer–we must rebuild community. We must organize, organize, organize, and agitate, agitate, agitate. The man who calls himself our president-elect is an unabashed liar who some say “deserves a chance.” Give him a chance, if you will, but hold him accountable for his lies, his conflicts of interest, and his racist appointments of Steve Bannon and Sen. Sessions (D-AL). Our community, revived, can do no less.

Julianne Malveaux is an author and economist. Her latest book “Are We Better Off? Race, Obama and Public Policy” is available via www.amazon.com. For booking, wholesale inquiries or for more info, visit www.juliannemalveaux.com.

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