On Not Letting Hate Win …

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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,

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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.

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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

Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis has been writing about the entertainment industry for ​over seven years, and is the ​Editor-in-Chief at Oohlo, where she muses over television, movies, and pop culture. Previous Senior News Editor at Pajiba, and published at BUST.

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  • HasenKlub

    I want your optimism, I really do. But, it’s going to take a good long while to get there. I’m in a small island of blue in a vast multi-state sea of red. People with whom I grew up, people with whom I have to share holidays, even people I randomly encounter in my day to day life – I now suspect that, no matter how nice they may seem, deep down they are a bad person. I just can’t shake that feeling. At least for right now.

    • emmalita

      I’m in the same boat. I think today I may just curl up and cry.

    • It’s okay to be a little crushed today, but it’s also imperative to help make change. I have those relatives, myself. There have been times I walked out of a room so as not to hear vile things. Sometimes, I dove in and spoke up. No more sometimes. Not acceptable.

      Hate cannot be the majority. It just can’t.

      • HasenKlub

        Same here. I was saying on FB last night that I’m done being polite at family gatherings. I WILL call people out on their vile beliefs that all his rhetoric is just what’s needed to stop the country from “becoming another Sodom and Gomorrah.”

  • emmalita

    Beautiful Cindy.

  • Halbs

    Awesome pictures, thanks for sharing.