An Open Letter about the Election
Tuesday morning, I woke up in a beautiful mood. The day ahead of me was set. I went to work, drank some coffee and planned my evening to watch the election results with my friend, Kate, over wine. As the night rolled on and the sun set, more bottles of wine were ordered. It was clear that the night was not going to go well for the Clinton campaign, and that was a disheartening moment for me.
The next morning, I woke up in tears. I say “woke up” as if I slept; I didn’t sleep. I didn’t know where to go from that point. I could not believe that Donald Trump was our new president-elect. What did this mean for our country? Were there going to be mass deportations? Was Roe v. Wade going to be overturned? Were millions of people going to lose their health insurance?
It’s Sunday evening now, and I am still confused and sad as I’m sure most of you still are. Please do not tell others in mourning or anger to stop feeling their emotions or to simply “get over it.” It’s not that simple. What I can tell you is that Donald Trump is the president-elect. I hope to God that in four years I can look back and be surprised by his tenure. I will be hopeful yet vigilant. While my anger or fear doesn’t change these facts, I will continue to fight and stand up for my brothers and sisters in this time of adversity.
I’m tired of feeling tired and bitter. It’s time for me to move forward. In short, I will continue to remain vigilant and supportive of LGBTQ rights, religious freedom, people of color and women’s rights. Hillary Clinton is leading in the popular vote, and that gives me some solace. It’s time for me to help rebuild my community.