Before I get into this post, I want to say thank you to everybody who read my last post and was extremely kind to me upon reading it. Each kind message means the world to me, they are the reason that I do this. I am so grateful for the positive response. I have the best readers and I love you guys.
I’m not here to hate on Donald Trump.
It’s no secret that I voted democrat and that I support the ideals of the democratic party. However, this post is not going to be about politics, it is going to be about human interaction and kindness. This week, inauguration week, we all need a reminder to be respectful to one another.
I may be upset about the outcome of the election, as I disagree with Trump and Pence on many issues that our country is facing, issues that I think Obama has handled exceptionally. However, I can’t go along with everyone that is trending the hashtag “Not My President,” because, well, he is. I am an American citizen with an American passport, I am American and he is the American president elect. I was born and raised in the midwest, and I love the state of Michigan and this country. I don’t love the decision that a majority of this country made, but I love this country because let’s not forget that it has given my immigrant family a chance to succeed in obtaining the American dream. Will I cry about Barack and Michelle leaving? Absolutely, but just because this situation is unfortunate in the eyes of many people, we have no reason to give up on or disown our country.
I am upset that Hillary or Bernie is not the president elect, but sitting around and being hostile and angry without actions behind my feelings is useless. I am not encouraging violence in any way shape or form, please don’t get me wrong when I say that I want action. I will NEVER endorse violence. Please don’t be violent. I want action behind the claims that I make about my beliefs that may not coincide with those of Donald Trump. I want activism, I want kindness, I want respect, I want manners, and I want people to stand up for their beliefs.
I want to end sexism, racism, homophobia, ableism, classism, sizeism, and all forms of hate. While that may be way too big of a task for one person, I am going to do everything in my power to spread the kindness that I want to see in the world. I am going to continue standing up for what I personally believe, whether that is sharing an article about saving planned parenthood on Facebook, or intervening if I see someone behaving in a racist manner. I am taking introductory level classes this semester in both political science and economics; I want to learn more thoroughly about how this country works. Knowledge is power.
Most importantly, though, I am going to love the people that I love. Whether they voted for Hillary, Trump, Johnson, Stein, abstained, aren’t American citizens, or aren’t of age and cannot vote. Some people that I dearly love voted for Donald Trump. I love these people, regardless of their political ideologies. I am embarrassed by my past hostility and name-calling on social media towards Trump supporters; being rude to others based off of their political beliefs is not what I want to endorse. While I could personally never support Trump and his policies, I am working on trying to see why other people can. I try to spread messages of kindness to everyone in my life, and some people who I love very deeply spread similar messages, while having voted for Trump. Not every person of a political group believes all of the same things. I have decided that this week especially, while I may not be happy about what is going on, I will handle it with class. I will be kind and polite to everyone. I hope that I can receive the same courtesy in return.
Today in particular, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I want to remind you to be kind to your brothers and sisters. The Latino man in the grocery store speaking in Spanish into his cell phone is your brother. The Chinese girl with a Chinese accent when speaking English is your sister. The man in a wheelchair is your brother. The woman buying clothes in the plus size section is your sister. The man kissing another man is your brother. The lady buying bread with food stamps is, you guessed it, your sister. We are all ultimately human beings; we are all brothers and sisters.
This country does not need more anger. Right now we need to love each other and continue to stand up for what we believe in, but this time with even more conviction. Don’t like who got elected? Campaign for a candidate that you like in 2020. Don’t like what the new president believes? Don’t sit around and talk down to his ideologies; share yours with kindness and devotion in the aim of making this country a better place to exist. In my mind, all that we can do now is work hard to endorse what we believe in.
I hope you believe in kindness.