There was a time when I wasn’t political and only new the basics about politics. I was informed enough to make a comfortable decision during my first presidential election. This time around, I armed myself with information. As soon as I saw that Trump was running, I knew things would be a disaster. I wanted to be prepared.
I still wasn’t prepared for when he won. That felt like a slap in the face. Him becoming president has brought the hate out in people. People are now doing things because they know that they can get away with it.
He wants to take away the healthcare that I rely on. The place where I was born may be subject to a nuclear attack. White supremacists are congregating and spewing their hate without repercussions. People of color, women, disabled people, LGBT+ people, immigrants, and people of other minorities are all at risk. I never thought that I would have to tell people why I deserve health insurance or explain what would happen to me without it. I never thought that I would talk about white supremacists congregating and protesting, holding confederate and nazi flags. Its 2017 and I feel that this election took us back 50 years. Its scary. So much positive progress has been undone so quickly.
We need each other more than ever right now. We need to stand up for one another. We need to protect those that are at risk. We need to lift each other up, shoe that live is stronger than hate, show that there is still good in this world. We are stronger together. We need to stand up for what is right, and speak against injustices.
Join local protests, donate to charities and places that are hurting right now, ask your neighbor if they are okay, share posts and articles, refuse to be silent, make sure information is made accessible for everyone, do random acts of kindness, leave little uplifting notes for others to find…do what you can. Show that love trumps hate. Show that there is still good out there.