We wake up somber this morning, America, incredulous and duly concerned.
These feelings aren’t about a political party losing, or not being able to accept a candidate’s defeat. This has little to do with Hillary Clinton. This is about not losing hope.
It’s crushing to wake and face one’s children, to try to explain what you can’t quite understand yourself. More important is discussing how we go forward, what to hold in our hearts and what we put out into the world. A scan of social media reminds how quickly anger and hate can spread, but that’s not the legacy we’ve been given; ours is one of hope and change. Through these last eight years with the Obamas, we have seen hope and love and grace. Beginning with a night we will never forget, our chests nearly burst with dreams of change,
and from that moment forward the world was different. No matter the political gains or losses, this family showed us the way to face anything that comes our way: together, with love.
As we head out into the world today, let’s keep that gift of hope and love inside us. Let’s not allow ourselves to be consumed by fear or anger or hate. Skip the blame and bad feelings, forget about the pundits sowing panic — that machine needs no fuel — and instead, let’s focus on taking care of each other. Are you worried about your family and friends of color, of different faith, or gender or sexual orientation? Watch over them, shower them with love, be there for them, offer them shelter, protect them. Let them know you’re right next to them. Do not stand idle for a single questionable word or act. We cannot continue to excuse casual racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia … xenophobia, whether it comes from strangers or our own relatives. We have a responsibility to counteract intolerance and disdain; we owe each other humanity and care.
Let us carry on with the good that these beautiful, strong, inspiring people freely shared with the entire world. Let’s keep it flowing and send it out wherever we go, an impenetrable blast of warmth and love to shelter each other from any coming storms.
We simply cannot let hate win.
“Our motto is, when they go low, we go high”. Michelle Obama