Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought )”Chrisette Michele, ostracized for performing at Trump Inauguration”)

Chrisette Michele is a good singer who many are now saying made a “very bad move.” She is also African American. She was asked to perform for President Donald Trump’s inauguration…

Source: Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought )”Chrisette Michele, ostracized for performing at Trump Inauguration”)

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought )”Chrisette Michele, ostracized for performing at Trump Inauguration”)

Chrisette Michele is a good singer who many are now saying made a “very bad move.” She is also African American. She was asked to perform for President Donald Trump’s inauguration and she accepted that offer. Many people from her own race (and even from her own family) disowned her and spoke out negatively against her, but should they have? I fully understand the political climate of things. People judge you in accordance to how they think you stand on issues. I’m sure Ms Michele realized that there would be a big backlash from her fans. Here is an article describing what she had to endure as a result of her decision:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2017/01/24/chrisette-michele-didnt-even-meet-trump/97003494/

Many people have opinions on what they think you should do. People will tell you how to run your life and how to live it. However, none of those people can tell you how to be happy living life according to their own standards. Most performers should never segregate their audiences they perform for. Music should be for everyone who loves to hear it. While there may be strong resentment against Ms Michele for performing I will not be one to criticize her. As performers we have the right to separate our views from our gigs. If her performance meant that she overtly supported Trump’s policies then that would be one thing. To just openly perform is another matter entirely to me. When Steve Harvey talked to Trump there was also a backlash from the African American community. In my opinion we should not allow Trump’s platform to make us “turn on each other.” If anything we need to come closer together. There is already a LOT of resentment around the world for what happened. There is a lot of hate going on and many are angry. I say that we cannot allow anger to divide us. To do so would only play into the hands of those who wish to control us. This is not about race. This is not about political affiliation. This about love for one another. Right now with all the turmoil going on we need each other more than we want to realize. There is strength in numbers. Mahatma Ghandhi once said, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” Now more than ever, we need to embrace that philosophy… Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

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