Millions of Americans are feeling your pain, anger, shock, and sadness.
America just elected a man who made fun of prisoners of war, questioned the legitimacy of the first black president, mocked the disabled, threatened to ban Muslims, called Mexicans rapists and criminals, and declared war on the free press, among other atrocities.
America just elected Donald J. Trump.
Like many of you reading this, I woke up this morning with a hangover and profound sadness. I stirred in bed for nearly an hour, deciding whether I had the will to go out in public after such a depressing, life-changing event.
Ultimately, I decided to go to work because I didn’t want to stew on the tragic news alone. While at work, I caught Hillary Clinton’s concession speech, which felt a bit like a funeral.
I have not been Hillary Clinton’s biggest fan, but I was excited at the chance to keep a Democrat in the White House, to preserve President Obama’s legacy, and for her campaign of togetherness to pummel the hatred of Trump.
In her sad and beautiful concession speech, Hillary declared that “fighting for what’s right is worth it.”
That is what I hope will inspire you, the discouraged, as we move forward towards the inauguration of a President Trump.
Retreat is not the answer. We must continue to fight for the values that Hillary’s campaign of togetherness represented. All of us – black, white, latino, Muslim, christian, atheist, disabled – are entitled to live a life free from fear and free from unfair advantages for just the wealthy and powerful.
We cannot retreat from the fights for equality. We cannot retreat from the fights for fairness. We cannot retreat from the fights to create an America where prosperity rises for all.
The work begins now. Not in 2020. Not in 2024. Now!
There’s an Election Day every year. Join organizations and campaigns that share your values. Promote the positive impact that minorities, immigrants, and women are having in our country. Drive other discouraged voters towards the political process, when they want to back away.
If we can meet this challenge, even without Hillary Clinton in the White House, we can beat back the forces of hate and division awakened by Trump. We can still win.
Keep your head up.
Harold grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina and attended Winston-Salem State University. He majored in Political Science and Public Administration at WSSU, where he also as Student Body President and a member of the Board of Trustees. After several years working in higher education, he transitioned into the private sector and currently work for Amazon Corporate, within Amazon Business.
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