Last night after the announcement of Donald Trump as our president elect, a dear 20 something year old relative, (let’s call him John) called crying and sent me a copy of a tweet by someone on the ground in NY:
“Am at a Trump rally in Manhattan, and thousands are chanting
‘We hate Muslims, we hate blacks, we want our great country back’ …Disgusting”
He was in tears at the thought of our fellow Americans voting in a President who has undeniably utter the words
“Laziness is a trait in blacks”
…it really doesn’t matter…as long as you’ve got a young, and beautiful, piece of ass.”
“…total and complete shutdown of Muslims”
“The point is, you can never be too greedy.”
“… Grab them in the Pussy. You can do anything.”
John was so disheartened at the thought of being a member of a nation who as a whole, embraces and subscribes to those very same sentiments. I understood his sadness. These statements are inexcusable. They are sentiments of separation, racism, sexism and capitalism at the expense of the masses. The feelings are real and they are warranted.
But I reminded John that the majority who voted Donald Trump in yesterday, voted President Barack Obama in for two terms. We are the same nation of people. And while some who voted for Donald Trump may have those very fearful sentiments as stated in the tweet, there’s simply no way they are the reason Donald Trump was elected. By sheer number, they couldn’t keep president Obama out. How in the world could they have put Trump in? There is something much bigger at play here.
Watching the BBC for the world view, they said something very astute. They called this “the greatest protest vote in history.” Why? Because it’s evident that our system is broken. We, as a nation, voted in President Obama hoping for change. But there was gridlock in Washington. It was the Democrats vs the Republicans. An US against THEM mentality. If one side won, the other lost. Period. There was no respect for the American people as a whole. We weren’t at the top of the agenda. At the top was Red or Blue. And both of them are at the mercy of their funding.
But here’s the beautiful part. Yes our system of government needs to change. The need for change is so unbearably obvious that we swung from a Barack Obama to a Donald Trump in a span of 8 years. But here’s how beautifully it worked: We voted, and it was so. Regardless of the parties preferences, regardless of the fact that an absolutely qualified Democratic candidate (love her or hate her,) was presented with near full support of her party, alongside a Republican candidate who could not even get the endorsement of many republican leaders like Mit Romney, Colin Powel and the Bushes, against all odds, regardless of the system’s limitations, we voted. And WE were able to make the call. This part of our system is working. This is the beauty of America.
So now here we are. On the surface there is tremendous separation. But I urge you to look deep down inside. Are we really so different? Do we all want peace? Do we all want freedom to express and expand? Do we all want abundance and joy? YES! Even those who utter words like, “We hate Muslims and blacks” utter them out of fear, fear that their peace and abundance and joy are being jeopardized. But we know better. We know that love is the only answer. And if we really believe that, then we know these times offer up a very unique opportunity to prove our belief in the power of love, compassion, forgiveness equality, respect and dignity, by standing firmly in that knowing. It’s not time to debate or try to convince anyone of anything. It’s simply time to stand in our knowing. The proof of the pudding is in the eating. The only way to prove it is to be it. Be the love. Be the compassion, the dignity, the equality and the respect… Be the change. And change will be.
In so much love,