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How to Survive the Trump Fallout, v.1

Hillary, Trump

Breathe. Just breathe. Get through that first. 

Cry. It’s okay. I cried. I cried like a babychild. Not because my candidate lost, but because 1) I was scared of what will now happen to me as a minority woman, and 2) as a feminist, having a woman so close to the White House and not getting in was nothing short of devastating. I don’t know that I will ever be able to put into words the heartbreak I felt last night.

Understand that fear is what got us here. Fear led people to vote with wicked hatefulness and blind, misguided support. So to hell with fear. Do not be fearful. Be hopeful.

Get pissed off. Be mad. Just take that anger and redirect it into action. 

Realize that Trump said a lot of nasty shit, truly disgusting, hateful shit, but maybe, just maybe, it was only to get himself elected. Now he may hopefully revert back to moderate Donald and be reasonable.

Feel comfort in the fact that no President ever gets to do all the stuff he says he will. And more comfort in knowing he is, more likely than not, a one-term President. 

Then donate to one, some, or all to the following organizations:

Planned Parenthood
Amnesty International
Human Rights Campaign
Fisher House Foundation (aiding military and their families)
The Conservation Fund
NAACP
Children’s Defense Fund
Black Lives Matter
ACLU
Boys and Girls Clubs of America
Greenpeace 

Every one of the organizations I linked above benefits marginalized groups that may now be in desperate need of support. Your money and your time can make all the difference in the world. To my LGBT friends, to my pro-choice friends, to my minority friends: I will always have your back in whatever way you need me, whether it be legal assistance or otherwise. Whatever you need me to do, I will do it. No matter what happens, I will stand (or kneel) with you.

Volunteer at an animal shelter. Give food to a local pantry. Write a letter to your representative. Go to a local meeting. Take a bag of Kibble to an animal shelter. Just do somethingTurn off Guy’s Grocery Games, get your ass off the couch, and do something. Be good in the world and for the world. Eat less meat, give more time, and be good.

Now, more than ever, we need to be more than social media warriors. If the hatefulness continues, we will fight it as we always have. We have battled and we have won, and we will continue to do it as many times as it takes.

Don’t like the country? Don’t like the world? Change it. Put your money (and your time) where your Facebook post is. Volunteer, raise hell, and fuck absolutely anyone that stands in the way.

Let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
– Galations 6:9 (and Hillary Rodham Clinton)

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  1. Jordyn wrote:

    I cried like a baby all over again reading your post. Today I feel even more inspired to make an impact in my community, that is what I am focusing on for the next four years, being strong and being good.

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  2. shannon wrote:

    i f’ing love you.
    if you turn 35 and decide to run for president – you have my vote.

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  3. Lauren wrote:

    I have cried like a baby on/off all day. All night. don’t see it stopping. i need to mourn.

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  4. Katherine wrote:

    I cried last night, I cried waking up, and I cried countless times in my office today. But I also made the promise to myself to be RELENTLESSLY POSITIVE, RELENTLESSLY LOVING, and RELENTLESSLY KIND. So now it’s time to roll up our sleeves and get to work, and I started today by curating a Black Lives Matter reading list and display for my library with one of my Political Science faculty. No administration in history has managed to shut up the librarians of this country, and it certainly isn’t going to start with this one.

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  5. Haven’t visited your blog in awhile (once you migrated to your new URL!), but I remember always stopping by after a tragedy or when there’s an act of social injustice to hear your commentary. Your words have always provided a lot of clarity and comfort, and yet again you have not failed me! 🙂 for all of the hateful/gleeful speech out there on social media, I find solace in that there’s 3x as many words spurring as much hope as can be found in these bleak days. i’m finding humanity in the half of this country that’s redirecting their anger and disappointment and frustration towards an urgency to act and progress in the name of good. in the words of the west wing (which is my newfound obsession…. so late to this game), what’s next?

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  6. Chessa wrote:

    I’ve been a blubbering mess today. But I also feel we’ve awoken a sleeping giant. i know I am definitely getting involved! And I predict a blue 2018 and 2020!

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  7. Navia wrote:

    I cried all last night and off and on today. I cried for myself and all the others who will be affected by the outcome of last night. this election has brought to light that this country is not ready for a real change. people would rather hold on to their fear and prejudice than try to evolve. in trying times such as these, the citizens of this country need to put all their differences aside, uniting to become better and do better.

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  8. Misty wrote:

    I cried and prayed. now, i’m hoping for the best.

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  9. I love this post. People like u… we need many more of them <3
    XO Ellen from Ask Away
    http://www.askawayblog.com

    Published 11.15.16
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