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  • This pandemic has shaken up the status quo and laid bare a lot of our country's deep-seated problems, from massive economic inequality to ongoing racial disparities to a lack of basic health care for people who need it.

  • It's woken a lot of young people up to the fact that the old ways of doing things just don't work.

  • That it doesn't matter how much money you make if everyone around you is hungry and sick.

  • And that our society and our democracy only work when we think not just about ourselves but about each other.

  • You know all those adults that you used to think were in charge and knew what they were doing?

  • Turns out they don't have all the answers.

  • A lot of them aren't even asking the right questions.

  • So if the world's gonna get better, it's gonna be up to you.

  • Because with so much uncertainty, with everything suddenly up for grabs, this is your generation's world to shape.

  • America's gone through tough times beforeslavery, Civil War, famine, disease, the Great Depression, and 911.

  • And each time we came out stronger, usually because a new generation, young people like you, learned from past mistakes and figured out how to make things better.

  • Doing what feels good, what's convenient, what's easy, that's how little kids think.

  • Unfortunately, a lot of so-called grown-ups, including some with fancy titles and important jobs, still think that way, which is why things are so screwed up.

  • But if we're gonna get through these difficult times, if we're gonna create a world where everybody has an opportunity to find a job and afford college, if we're gonna save the environment and defeat future pandemics, then we're gonna have to do it together.

  • So be alive to one another's struggles.

  • Stand up for one another's rights.

  • Leave behind all the old ways of thinking that divide ussexism, racial prejudice, status, greedand set the world on a different path.

  • The truth is you don't need us to tell you what to do because in so many ways, you've already started to lead.

  • Congratulations, class of 2020.

  • Keep making us proud.

This pandemic has shaken up the status quo and laid bare a lot of our country's deep-seated problems, from massive economic inequality to ongoing racial disparities to a lack of basic health care for people who need it.

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Obama's message to the class of 2020 in 2 minutes, 20 seconds

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    Annie Huang posted on 2020/06/03
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