When California Democrat Maxine Waters presented the award for “Best Fight Against the System” award to the cast of “Hidden Figures,” a film about African-American women mathematicians working for NASA in the early days of the space program, she received a standing ovation.
Waters’ co-presenter at the MTV Movie & TV Awards Black-ish actress Tracee Ellis Ross, said,
“I will take this moment to go off-script and say Congresswoman Maxine Waters and say thank you. Thank you for your work, your voice and how you use it. And thank you for being an extraordinary example for all of us, especially in these times.”
Waters said that “Artists, actors, singers and citizens have a unique opportunity — the ability to speak out and inspire change,” adding that “Each of these stories pushes back against the bullies and uses its platform to unite us all.”
Waters has been at the forefront of the resistance against Donald Trump’s illegitimate presidency and her standing ovation Sunday night can only be seen as not only a vindication of her position but a judgment on the policies of Donald Trump.
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Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.