I almost broke into tears this afternoon when I arrived at the airport and joined the civil protest against Trump's anti-American, anti-Muslim and unconstitutional ban. Thankfully I held it together, saw a couple familiar faces and made myself heard even if only for a few moments as one of the hundreds of people repeating the words of the protest advocates and leaders holding the megaphones. I'm a black man and definitely didn't check many of the "have" boxes when I was growing up as a "have not", but I somehow made it to where I am in life thanks to the amazing mother and friends who cared for me along the way, yes, but also because of the unmatched values of this country which celebrate drive and work ethic and grit and determination and also fairness and difference and openness. My fiance is the daughter of an Iranian immigrant and I can't help but wonder what kind of world we'll bring children into someday not too far in the distance. I can't help but wonder if that world will be better than the world I was born into. I'm an optimist so I believe it will, but it's not going to happen because we're so focused on our own business/family/social lives/social feeds and our own way of life. The world is only going to be better - the kind of world that a child of African-American/Persian parents can thrive in - if people focus on ways to help the businesses/families/social lives and ways of life for others even if they come from different backgrounds/religions/ethnicities/sexual orientation/socio-economic strata. That's what today was about for me: demonstrating that I am fully cognizant of the fact that although Trump's ban isn't coming for me "directly", it's direct impact hinders American life for all of us. I'm worried that this Republican-led Congress will become a rubber stamp of approval for Trump's ill-conceived polices, but today was a day when I was reminded that the American people can demonstrate the necessary fortitude and initiative. As one of the protest leaders said, "We don't know what Trump will do. We don't know what Congress will do. We don't know what the courts will do. But we know what we can do." Small acts of love and empathy, channeled into action and advocacy, from the unified many can overcome the acts of fear and idiocy, channeled into political fallibility, from the powerful few.