Chicago State University

Like her or not, you have to admit: Chelsea Manning has suffered for her beliefs. That's brave.

Like her or not, you have to admit: Chelsea Manning has suffered for her beliefs. That's brave.

Chelsea Manning is running for the United States Senate. She faces a steep uphill battle in challenging Sen. Benjamin Cardin in the Maryland Democratic primary. But as with all disruptors, isn’t her presence in the race already a victory of sorts?

The fact that Ms. Manning has grit is undeniable, but she is also controversial and polarizing. Time and time again she challenged the forces that threatened her rights as an American. As a whistleblower and hunger-striker, Ms. Manning shined a spotlight on issues of governmental ethics, freedom of speech, health care and gender. You don’t have to approve of her decisions to admit that she has been...