By Amy ChozickIn the middle of the night in January, a group of New Hampshire residents decided to make a bold statement.
They were not protesting the Republican health care bill, or the Democrats’ plan to end it, or even the fact that they’d just spent the night with a bear and that the bear was going to keep eating them.
They decided to show that the country was a melting pot.
They called themselves the Sugar Bears, and they wanted to make the case that we need to embrace diversity and embrace diversity of ideas.
So they marched into town to call for the repeal of the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, the law that would have expanded health coverage and put the U.S. on the path to one of the most comprehensive and effective health care programs in the world.
As they marched, the crowd of about 40 people in the small town of Glastonbury cheered and applauded, and a group wearing bear masks, masks of blue and yellow and white, waved to them from a nearby park.
When they returned to their cars, they wore bear costumes and stood up to the police.
It was the first time in history that people marched in solidarity against President Donald Trump’s plan to gut protections for the nation’s 1.3 million Americans.
But this was no celebration of diversity, or a moment of rebellion against the status quo.
It was an attack on the legitimacy of Trump’s presidency and the president himself.
And for those of us who love and care about diversity and tolerance, it was a reminder that we’re all still waiting for our country to truly be a melting-pot society.
The idea that people would walk into a city in the middle-of-the-night and demand that the president’s health care plan be scrapped, or that a black woman be allowed to march in a rally, is an outrage.
It’s racist and demeaning.
It tells people that they can’t hold power or speak in their own language.
It’s a violation of basic human decency, a slap in the face to all who are willing to fight for the basic human rights that our nation is founded on.
But it was also a chance to celebrate what is already happening in America: People of all races and colors, religions and ethnicities, people who identify as LGBTI, people of color, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, refugees and other groups have found common ground in the wake of the president, with an overwhelming sense of unity, that we can move forward together.
The Sugar Bears march at the Glastonbursts in New Hampshire.
(Amy Chozik/The Washington Times via Getty Images)At the Glades, as they prepared to march, they listened to stories of their fellow Americans who were being attacked and harassed, with no regard for the safety of the people who were actually being attacked or harassed.
When we marched, they sang, “We love you” over and over, in unison.
When they sang that line, we were told by people who marched with us that the entire march was meant to be a statement against Trump and his supporters.
We stood up for people who are being targeted.
We stood up against hate.
And we marched with love.
The next morning, the Sugar Bear march began with a protest in the Glastons main street.
The protest, which had been planned for a week, had to be postponed because of the weather.
People were wearing bear costumes to help them make it through the cold, and some wore masks to hide their faces.
As people began marching, one group began shouting racial slurs at a white man who was holding a sign that read, “No Trump.
A few people jumped on the man, who was eventually escorted from the crowd.
But the next day, the man who had been targeted continued to speak.
The men began to attack each other.
And the next morning after the protest, the group marched into Glastonburgs main street to confront a man who stood behind the sign.
The man stood behind it, and the two men clashed.
The man who held the sign then shouted that the Black Lives Matter movement was a white supremacist movement.
The group marched through the streets shouting, “This is not the America that you fought for.
This is not where you fought.
This will not be the America you love.
This won’t be the country that you want to live in.
This isn’t the America we want you to be proud of.”
The man stood next to the man whose face had been painted on the sign and began yelling, “You white motherfucking n*****.”
The Sugar Bear group marched past him.
The men in the crowd were yelling at each other and throwing punches and kicking the man.
One of the men had his shirt torn off.
The crowd grew louder.
The white man screamed at the Sugar Beards, “White people.
You’re not welcome here.
You should have left