So the election is over, and Donald Trump is going to be our new president. Some are celebrating, some are weeping. Some are honestly hurt and scared.
But we can’t change it, so what do we do now.
If you are happy Trump won, I get it. If you’ve followed me on social you may not think I do because I’ve been so strongly against him, but I get that many of you voted for him because you decided Hillary was the worse of two evils and you were scared of her. I don’t think all of you are racist, sexist, bigots, though I know some of you are. I personally know people who voted for Trump who are not racist, sexist bigots, and are actually wonderfully loving people. I also personally know people who voted for Trump who are blatant racists, sexist bigots. If you fall into the second category you can go ahead and close this right now. I have nothing to say to you at this time.
For those who voted for Trump because you were afraid of Hillary, or because you determined that her evil is greater than his evil, I have a favor to ask of you. Please pause and consider the pain and fear that so many of our fellow Americans are feeling right now. You may not understand what they are feeling, you may decide that they have no reason to feel that way (you don’t have a right to decide how other people should feel by the way). But try to have some empathy. Imagine how scared you would be if Hillary won, now think of the people who are scared that Trump won. If our next president was someone who said nasty things about you and spoke directly about taking your rights away, how would you feel? Would you be scared? Would you be hurt by your friends, family, and country for disregarding your reality in favor of their own? Yes, you would.
I honestly, truly, deeply hope and pray that you are right about Trump, and that everything will be wonderful, and our country will be great. I will be so so happy if I’m wrong about all of this. But I ask you, in the midst of your victory consider the feelings of those around you. Stand up and say something like, “yes I voted for this man because I believed Hillary would do more damage, but I will not allow your rights to be taken away, I will not allow you to be continually marginalized and silenced. You are human and you matter.” And please, don’t try to silence those of us who are upset by this. Give people time to grieve and process. Let them share their stories. Be there and listen. It’s the only way we can move forward.
For those of us who didn’t vote for him, whether you voted Hillary or 3rd party, and are heart broken by this decision, take heart. Jesus said in John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Take time to feel your feelings and process them. Spend time with people you love and care about. And then, stand up and shine light into the darkness. Keep speaking up and speaking out, keep creating places for people’s voices to be heard. The president doesn’t define us, and remember he doesn’t define our country either — he lost the popular vote.
America is only as great as her people. Let’s work together to let the greatness in all her people be seen and heard.
That’s all I’ve got for now. I’ll write more in the coming days.
If you want someone to talk with, I’m here, and I’ll listen.