I’d be lying if I said the incoming administration doesn’t scare the heck out of me. I’m worried about the policies and laws that will impact communities of color, Muslims, women and LGBTQ rights under his presidency. While I have my fears, I won’t allow it to immobilize me. I am encouraged by the growing number people of all races, sexual preferences and religions who have begun to come together to fight against racism, police brutality, voter suppression, Islamophobia, homophobia and misogyny. I’ve made a promise to myself not to stand by and watch injustice transpire. I will stand up for my fellow Americans any way I can. I believe this country will move forward and one day fulfill it’s creed that every man (and woman) is created equally.
While I am beyond sad to see President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama go, I feel so blessed to have witnessed his historic presidency. I wish my mother had been alive to see our county’s first African American president. My mother was born in the South and was apart of the Great Migration to the North to escape Jim Crow’s soul crushing oppression. For her to have seen Obama become president would’ve been validation that the struggle was worth the terrible price that was paid by so many who fought (and continue to fight) for our freedom. I’m certain my mother would have burst with pride back in 2008 casting her vote for Obama.
So while I have my fears, I know no matter what we gon’ be alright.
Have a wonderful weekend!