Because there are probably people who need to see this right now … and yes I’m thinking mostly of the US right now but also anyone in other countries who are also feeling upset and worried right now:
To disabled people, including people with chronic health conditions and people who are neurologically diverse and people with psychiatric labels (whether assigned by professionals or self diagnosed), and also people who may not claim a “disability” identity for themselves but have sometimes been classified that way by other people, I see you and embrace you and welcome you
To black people and Latinx people and Arab people and Native Americans and eastern Asian people and south Asian people and southeast Asian people and Caribbean people and people of all racial and ethnic and cultural and linguistic backgrounds, I see you and embrace you and welcome you
To women and non-binary people, I see you and embrace you and welcome you
To LGBTIQA+ people, I see you and embrace you and welcome you
To immigrants from all lands, whether documented or undocumented, I see you and embrace you and welcome you
To Muslim people and people of all other religions, and people of no religion at all or unsure what religion they belong to, I see you and embrace you and welcome you
To people living in poverty, I see you and embrace you and welcome you
To people living within all kinds of intersections – disabled people of color, LBTIQA+ women and non-binary people, poor disabled LGBTIQA+ Muslims of color, and everyone else, I see you and embrace you and welcome you
And, no, I know just platitudes and positive sentiment isn’t enough to fix what went broken in this election. What we need is to put a stop to the bigotry and hate that drove this election and put Trump in the White House. What we need is to stop allowing bigotry and hate to determine our politics and the direction of our country, so we can make our country a country that is truly for everyone.
But I think one initial step in that direction is remembering that we all need to support each other and show solidarity for each other. Consider populations whose needs and fears and hurts you don’t know much about, and seek out blogs and organizations by people in relevant communities or find other ways to listen to them and learn from them about how bigotry and hate and marginalization and exclusion impacts them. Learn to identify all the complex ways that both various forms of privilege and the various forms of oppression and marginalization impact you and what freedoms you have and don’t have in your country, in your state, in your town, in your community, in your family because of these identities. Learn how to stand as allies with friends in other communities you don’t belong to in ways that have a genuine, meaningful, and tangible impact on their daily lives. And continue shoring up your own communities as well. And try to remember that we all need to be in this together, so we can start to show Trump supporters what it really means to be a country and a national community, and what it really means to let love always, always win.
And, yes, please do share this. If it helps you, if you hope it might help others, please share this. If you agree with everything in this essay and plan to both give and receive support across all communities and consider ways to help love win our country and the world, then yes please share this.
(Dated 9 November 2016)