When I woke up this morning, my heart hurt. It hurt for all the people in our country who feel that their voices aren’t heard, that their opinions don’t matter, that their worth is somehow less because of the color of their skin. It hurt for all the people who were feeling that the best choice for the leader of our country was someone who belittles and bullies.
Trump’s slogan, “Make America Great Again”, is not one I can support. Of course I want my country to be great. It’s the “again” that I can’t stand behind. America has never been great. America has been great for a small percentage of its inhabitants. America has been great for white men. For the rest of the population: women, minorities, the LGBT community, people with disabilities, America has been a work in progress. I woke up this morning petrified that the years and years of work that has been done to help make America great for the non-white males of our country will not go backwards. That a president who speaks disparagingly about these groups of individuals will not make our country a horrible place to live.
But what is great about America is its people. I am proud to live in a country where we can be free to believe what we want, to say what we choose, and to think for ourselves. One flawed human being cannot change who we are as a people. We can wake up this morning and love, live, and be kind. The future of our country is not in the hands of one person. It is in all our our hands. How we treat each other, how we teach our children, how we choose to live.
Social media this morning is full of questions. The biggest one being “What do we tell our children?”
Here’s what we tell our children. We tell them what we’ve been telling them since the day they were born. We tell them how to be good people. We tell them to stand up for the underdogs. We tell them that life is not always fair, but we should always strive to be. We tell them that love is more powerful than hate. We tell them to use their minds and hearts to decide how they want to live, and not be swayed by hate and prejudice. We continue to raise our children to be the best people they can be. They are the future leaders of our country. How we raise them is more important than who is in office the next four years.
My heart is hurting, but it is also full of hope. This land is OUR land. We make it great by what we do each day. For our children and for each other.