Trump: What I Know, Feel, and Actively Hope For

Trump: What I Know, Feel, and Actively Hope For

Grit depends on a different kind of hope. It rests on the expectation that our own efforts can improve our future. “I have a feeling tomorrow will be better” is different from “I resolve to make tomorrow better.” The hope that gritty people have has nothing to do with luck and everything to do with getting up again.
– Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth

Things I I Know:

Trump is the President-Elect. Pence is the Vice President-Elect. The republicans have a majority in the House of Representatives and Senate.

Things I Feel:

Shocked that this happened. Scared of what this means for the future for people living in the USA, especially marginalized communities and ESPECIALLY those that were targeted by Trump or his supporters during his campaign. Pretty certain the next Supreme Court Justice will be nominated by Trump et al. Nervous about how his supporters react in response to this. Thankful that I’m in Canada, even though we have our own host of issues as they relate to the marginalization of communities of colour, queer people, women, people with disabilities, and all those intersections as we are a society still rampant with oppression. Disappointed that the first president my niece will end up remembering is Trump, a man who has “joked” about sexual assault, and has had more than enough to say about women and Latinx communities. Conflicted, as I’ve been dreaming of heading to the states for my masters, but now the idea of going to a Trump America throws a wrench into that.

Things We Need To Actively Hope For:

That the rights of all individuals in the United States are protected and upheld. That I find a path that I am happy with for my Master’s degree, which may still include the US. That progressive thinkers and activists continue their work to fight for the elimination of social barriers for marginalized communities. That people react in non-violent ways to this news in order to voice their opinion, and are given the space to do so, in order to affect positive social change. That people and communities organize to both fight for political action, but also provide support to those that need it. That Canadians can take the shock of this news and amidst the jokes about taking in Americans, we use this as an opportunity to renew our values, and take stock of our own unfair and unjust practices and processes. That people can inform their actions, work, and passion in facts AND emotion, to process both. That people find solace and comfort in their communities.

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