It’s no secret – I’m no fan of Donald Trump, our very-recently-announced president-elect.
I don’t agree with his policies and I think he is temperamentally-unsuited to be president of the United States.
But, I have been quite literally out-voted so it’s time to move on. Donald Trump is going to be our next president whether I like it or not.
It’s an understatement to say I’m disappointed. I’m more than that – I’m sad and frightened for our country. Trump has endorsed and celebrated so many things I disagree with, so many things that fly in the face of everything I believe makes this country great.
He has deliberately and repeatedly promoted divisiveness and an “us versus them” mentality that has made large swathes of the population, his future populace, feel unrepresented, and worst of all, unwelcome.
That’s not okay.
Now, let me be very clear here – I do not think that everyone who voted for Trump is racist, xenophobic and misogynistic. For me to label an entire group of people based on one choice is unfair and, frankly, the same thing I’m angry at Trump for doing, so I won’t do it here.
Besides, I’m sure several people I know and even love voted for Trump and I’m sure they had their reasons. They have their right to vote for whomever they choose for whatever reason they choose. That’s the beauty of being American.
It’s hard to see that beauty now though in what has been, let’s face it, a pretty gross last couple of months. We’ve been divided and angry and overwhelmed by negativity.
And now that the election is over, we can choose to act differently – regardless of who we voted for tonight.
We can choose to spread kindness and inclusiveness. We can choose to be better.
We can start now by reaching out to the same groups that were marginalized and insulted in this ugly campaign season.
We can let them know they’re not alone, that we support them, that, hell, there’s not even a “them”, there’s just an “us.” That we’re in this thing together.
Because the thing is, I don’t think we all agree with the nastier things Trump said. Heck, I don’t think even all of the people who voted for Trump agreed with all the things he said.
And now is our chance to prove it.
And we don’t need to do the stereotypical millennial thing where we blog about it (I recognize and appreciate the irony), tweet about it or just generally whine about it on social media.
We need to put our time and our money where our angry, post-election tweets are. We need to actually do something.
So today, take a moment to give back to your fellow citizens who were most negatively affected by this election cycle.
Below is a list of state-wide and national organizations that support and/or empower refugees, Latinos, African Americans, the LGBTQ community, girls, sexual assault survivors, and interfaith organizations that prove that, yes, people from all religious backgrounds really can get along.
No matter who our president is, we can choose to make our country a better place each and every day.
It starts now and it starts with us.
Yes, I’m aware that was corny as hell but if we can’t use corny as hell at a moment like this, when can we, eh?
Local and National Service Organizations to Check Out and Support
- Lutheran Family Services Refugee Support Program
- El Centro de las Americas – Lincoln
- Tri-Faith Initiative – Omaha
- RAINN – The nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization
- Outlinc – Lincoln’s LBGTQ community organization
- The Malone Community Center – whose mission is to honor and strengthen the African American community in Lincoln and Lancaster County
- Girls, Inc – Omaha – which inspires all girls to be “smart, strong and bold”
P.S. Just because I need a bit of encouragement and comic relief right now, here’s a little visual encouragement from Leslie Knope my favorite fictional politician (who I not-so-secretly) wish was real.
We got this guys, we’re what Leslie would describe as a bunch of “beautiful, talented, brilliant, powerful muskox”- es? or oxen? basically whatever the hell the plural of muskox is, probably, just muskox. That’s what we are.