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Staying hopeful after a dark day

Posted at 9:32 AM, Jan 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-07 10:33:38-05

Judge Maxine White admits, “It’s caused me a lot of fear, trauma, and anxiety.”

Alex Hanesakda exclaims, “I'm speechless I really am!”

Two reactions after the unprecedented chaos at the US Capitol.Two people who fought hard to realize the American dream.

Alex Hanesakda was born in a Thailand refugee camp and now runs a restaurant. Judge Maxine White, the daughter of sharecroppers now an appeals court judge. Both are reeling from violent images at the nation’s Capitol.

“Seeing what we saw today just saddens me,” laments Hanesakda.

Judge White says, “Today was a traumatic day for America. I was embarrassed, I was saddened, I had to go on the strength I've seen worse.” But White and Hanesakda’s hold out hope democracy and goodness will prevail. They say we all must do our part and be an example for our young.

“The only way we can get through this is to work together and understand each other. I try to be positive and push positive energy into the world, shares Hanesakda.

Judge White reflects, “I hope we see in the coming days more good people come up and speak out.”

She adds, ”I'm hoping this pushes the good people to be a bit more ever-present when the bad people are acting out. That’s my hope.”

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