Here in the US we’re facing something pretty shocking. Our country elected a homophobic, misogynist, racist, xenophobic bully into office as PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. This man with the orange frowny face, Donald Trump, will run our country for the next four years. God help us all.
Here’s someone who sends a message that it’s okay to judge and hate people based on their race, gender, abilities, and sexual preferences. Here’s someone who assaults women and openly speaks about how we’re objects to be “grabbed” (I’ll stop right there without identifying the place where he’d grab me). Here’s someone who got to the highest political position by being an a**hole, saying horrible things about not only women, but people of color, people with disabilities, and immigrants as well. He wants to send immigrants who have a life here away, away from their lives and families! Here’s someone who has been endorsed by the KKK (how that group still exists is beyond me????) and talks about how horrible and evil POC are! He also wants to take away the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare), which means I’ll probably lose my health insurance since I’m self-employed.
This whole thing is so devastating, and strangely enough reminds me of how I felt on September 11, 2001 when I found out about the terrorist attacks on America. That’s the gravity of this situation.
How did this happen? How did someone who’s actions and words remind me of terrorism get elected into office? I have no idea. How are people so racist and sexist and all the ‘ists’ and ‘ics’ in this day and age? I have no clue. But I have an idea on how all of us, all over the world, should proceed from here.
With love. Let’s be nice to each other. Let’s give people the benefit of the doubt, show one another compassion and consideration (including Trump and his supporters), fight back with love against the hate he embodies, show people that women are not objects, gay and transgender people are human too, and all races and cultures are valuable to this country.
We can, and will, continue making art and caring about health, the environment, and other people’s well-being. Let’s make the world beautiful together. Let’s share our opinions. As artists we’re activists–how we live our lives and what we create and say make a difference. This hateful man can’t bring us down! We have power in numbers!
I cried this morning when I woke up to the news (I’ve been crying off and on all day actually). I feel angry and confused, disappointed and scared. But it’s starting to wear off because I don’t feel like it’s doing me any good to dwell in it. Instead I’m writing about it and moving forward.
Now I’m choosing to practice love and compassion. If we can learn to see that horrible orange-faced man as a brother, then he doesn’t win. He’s just another sad, scared human being that’s built up years of walls and illusions of what it means to be happy. He’s afraid of people not like him, so lashes out against us in violent, hateful ways. Fear is always the reason people hate, because fear is the opposite of love.
Donald Trump, I’m not happy you’re in office (I’m devastated actually) but I still choose to see the good in you. You and I are both human beings with flaws and feelings, and I forgive you for being so mean to women, immigrants, LGBTQs, and POC. You’re just afraid of us, like we’re afraid of you. We’re all going to learn some important lessons about empathy during your term. We’re going to grow and thrive and bloom because we have no other choice. So thank you in advance. The division in this country might be healed after all.
I’m sending love to Trump and all his supporters. And even more love to Hillary Clinton. I voted for her and wanted so badly for her to win. I guess the good ole USA just isn’t ready for a female president just yet. There’s too many people out there who still hate and vilify women for no other reason than the fact that we’re women. I firmly believe that if Hillary Clinton was a man, he’d have won over Trump.
But, change is coming. We stand together in the name of compassion and equality, and this reign of terror will end soon. Because love wins.
What about you? How do you feel about the election and how do you think it will impact you? Do you have plans to make any changes/do anything differently in light of this news?
Above image: Salmon, archival pigment print, 35 x 26 inches, 2015 [rotated sideways]