Usually the times of confusion are the times when I write my best work. Words have always been the way I work through things, but today seems to be different. It’s the first time I have confronted a situation where no combination of words can express my fear, anger, rage, or disappointment. You put so much faith in the American people to do what is right for the country and its citizens. You pray that acceptance and respect are not matters to be debated. You hope that justice will prevail and that the people take their responsibility seriously.
Yet, here we are.
We are facing four years of unpredictable politics, of possible tri-partisanship (Republicans v. Democrats v. Trump), of a potentially disastrous situation that will place us at the end of many jokes from the rest of the world. America was just getting great. President Obama has a sky-high approval rating. Unemployment is at an all time low. Gay marriage is legal nationwide. Women have more rights than ever, not to mention how close the glass ceiling came to being shattered. Of course we have our flaws, but we were on the fast-track to success and Hillary Clinton was there to help us stay the course.
Yet, here we are.
I have lost faith in the American people’s ability to vote with the greater good in mind. Those who voted in Mr. Trump were mostly non-college educated males who believed that the system is against them. They believed that the enemy of their enemy (as Michael Moore put it in his special Michael Moore in Trumpland) would be their champion. They voted with their specific interests in mind, leaving the LGBTQ community, women, Hispanics, Muslims, African Americans, the disabled, and our children in the dark without a voice. It hurts to think that they believe their singular struggle is bigger than society’s wounds that we are working so hard to heal.
To these groups of people who are the brunt of Trump’s tasteless rhetoric, I want you to know how much I am with you and how much I love you. America is for you and will be for you when this dark night ends. It may be sooner than we think, but it could also be a long road ahead. As Hillary Clinton said today, we must go into these next four years with an open mind. I am sorry that we were silenced yesterday. I am sorry that someone who supports electroshock therapy, someone with rape allegations, someone who is supported by the KKK, who has made his plans for deportation quite clear is in charge. I know that the support of a high school senior may not mean much to many of you, but as a woman and an ally, I feel your anguish. I am just as scared for what this might mean for my body, for my friends and family, and for what this might mean for my children in the future.
We have no choice now but to carry on. Please take the time to mourn and hold on to the ones you love, especially those who have been targeted. And when you feel ready, stand up and face the world as if it were any other day. There is so much strength in resilience. As Mrs. Clinton so eloquently stated in her concession speech today, “Never stop believing that fighting for what is right is worth it.” And from President Obama regarding us young people, “You have to stay encouraged. Don’t get cynical. Don’t ever think you can’t make a difference.” The next 1,445 days will be an experience to say the least. Our voice matters now more than ever.
God bless the United States of America, a country that is great now and will be great again.