Let it shine
Yesterday morning, my seven-year-old son heard my husband, Anthony, and I talking about election results.
“What happened?” asked Li’l D.
“Trump won the presidency,” we explained to him.
He looked stricken.
“Oh, sweetie,” I said. “I know you’ve heard a lot of terrible things at school. But, you know what? Lots of people you love voted for Trump.”
Anthony and I listed these people, and emphasized how much they love him and are committed to protecting him and keeping him safe.
Many people are afraid right now.
Some of that fear is very reasonable, particularly for minorities. Some Trump supporters hold bigoted beliefs, and some portion of those feel enabled by Trump’s victory.
But some of that fear was carefully cultivated by the DNC, which very intentionally elevated Trump’s candidacy–and fear about his supporters–starting early 2015 to improve Clinton’s chances of victory.
On both sides, fear has been used to divide and conquer us.
I wrote this morning about why I would have voted for Trump were there only two choices. I hope you’ll read the post and consider the possibility that some of what you’ve learned has been wrong.
(I’ve spent the last six months doing this, and it’s been painful to understand how my ignorance has helped hurt people. You’ve seen some of that in anger that’s sometimes bled through here, less at anyone else and more at myself that it took me so very, very long to see.)
Please don’t categorize people as “self” and “other” right now. Resist the urge, as I must personally be vigilant about doing right now.
Please, please listen to each other, hear each other, stand up for each other–even if your voice or knees shake–and fight against the fear machine.
You are loved, you are loved, you are loved.
Take that love and let it shine, because that love translated to action is quite literally what it’ll take to save this world for our children.