Me: Trump won
10-year old: Mom, I don’t think we can visit the U.S. anymore.
10-year old: Because of the colour of your skin and you’re a woman. Two things Trump hates, and now more than half country agrees with him.
Like millions around the world, I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning to see the final tally for myself and to hear the President Elect speak.
Like millions around the world, I was paralyzed with shock as the numbers came in, and maybe even whimpered a little when the final announcement was made.
I don’t claim to be an expert about American Politics, or anything at all really, but I do know hate when I hear it, and Donald Trump spread hate during his campaign, there’s no question about that.
And it’s obvious that our kids have heard it.
I’m a big believer in the ‘love wins’ movement.
But today, I woke up feeling not so sure.
Maybe love isn’t enough?
Maybe sometimes hate wins?
And then it hit me, yes, sometimes hate does win. And it’s not fair. It’s not nice. It feels yucky and I wish it wasn’t so. But the harsh reality, as is obvious by these election results, is that hate can and does win.
So what do we do? What do we say? Do we give up?
We pick our jaws up off the ground, we shake it off, and we love.
Yes, that’s right, we love.
We love all those that love us, and even more so, the ones that don’t. Because we don’t and we won’t give up on people.We show people grace and kindness, and pray that it helps change their hearts. And even if it looks like it’s to no avail, we never stop trying.
And it’s not easy, because we’re human and we can be rather hard and complicated, but in our cores, in our souls, we were made to love and care for each other. I truly believe that.
So in the end, even though everything feels like it’s changed, we don’t let the circumstances change us.
Because in the end, love does win, love will win.
And right now, love and unity feels so, so far away.
But it’s not.
Because it’s in me and it’s in you.
Van Jones, from CNN, said it perfectly last night, “Where’s the grace going to come from? Where’s the understanding, where’s the empathy going to come from? It’s going to have to come from ordinary people. Tomorrow at work, when we go and look at people who we don’t agree with, this can’t be the interaction. It’s going to have to be ordinary people reaching out to each other.”
Is it too late to beg Van Jones to lead the world?