This is Who We Are, Not Who We Have to Be - Karen Finney

3 min readSep 21, 2021
Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash

After the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol I was on ABC’s “This Week” to discuss what our leaders should do to heal our country.

Almost a year later the message remains the same: while that day revealed ugly divisions and hard truths about who we are as a country, it is not who we have to be. The way forward requires accountability to the majority of Americans who voted to move our country forward, while also uncovering the truth what happened on January 6, 2021. Today and every day we have the opportunity to work together — despite our differences — to move forward as a country.

Thanks to Egberto Willies and Daily Kos you can read the transcript or watch the clip here.

“It’s incumbent on Democrats to also as we now know in this modern media environment, do a better job of communicating who we are, what we stand for and what we’re fighting for in terms of the things that are in the package that Biden has put forward. Anybody who is opposing that, again, a majority of Americans voted for Joe Biden. These are all the ideas that he campaigned on. So if you’re opposing that, you’re opposing the moving forward of this country.

“I do want to correct one thing: what happened in Georgia was the hard work of many incredible people including Black women like Stacy Abrams and Black voters. It was not just because of Donald Trump’s ridiculousness, it was because people came out and voted and because of changes. I mean what happened in Georgia reflects changes that are happening in this country that are going to continue.

“I will go back to my core message here, which is that there cannot be unity in this country without accountability, and that is part of how we move forward. That is part of how Chuck Schumer is going to have to lead the Senate in terms of holding people accountable if they don’t vote to support these policies. The larger test of this moment in history is not just about convicting Donald Trump. It is about accountability and understanding the divisions in this country and figuring out how we unify, heal and move forward, and acknowledging that these divisions have been exploited by Trump. But they exist. This is who we are. It’s not who we have to be.”




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