I wanted to reach out to you tonight before the inauguration to spread some hope. It is very likely the next four (or less) years will be very, very hard. From violence to registries, there is reason to be afraid. Some say the election of Donald Trump is proof that Islamophobia and racism did not die, but we are not just coming into an administration of Islamophobes and racists, we are leaving one that long before it coming into power was accused of being led by a secret Muslim, racist, along with so much more.
Where is the hope you ask? The hope is in you, it is in me, it is in the children playing in the street and on the iPhones. We need to be there for each other, we need to be there for ourselves. Since the election, there has been so much to be afraid of, so much to cringe at, so much anxiety. There has also been an overwhelming, unbelievable swell of support, solidarity, and courage in the face of this onslaught. As much as its reason disturbs me, it also inspires. This simple blog will become more, and I am inspired to make it more by those on my left and those on my right.
I will stand with you, beside you, next to you, in dark and light, peace of fight.
Make sure to remember this moment. This is not a moment of defeat for us; we are not losing the light. This is the moment where we chase it harder than ever, only to emerge from darkness stronger, wiser, and immersed in brilliant sunshine.
I truly believe it.
WE CAN DO THIS!