[Content Note: Racism; misogyny.]
"Looking through photos of Hillary on the campaign trail, I see a beautiful mix of faces, a mix that America was always meant to be. And I see women who look like me beaming with pride and hope. You can feel the emotion of Americans from all walks of life, who are finally being acknowledged and embraced for who they are, just as they are. That the lives and concerns of all Americans are valid and valuable. We feel, some of us for the very first time in our lives, that we truly matter and our voices are being heard."—Leela Daou, my friend and colleague, in a moving essay about growing up in the US a dark-skinned girl, made to feel other, and finding herself feeling like she truly belongs for the first time.