But even in defeat, I’m still hopeful.
Like many of you, I am completely at a loss for words right now. The last 24 hours have been stress and anxiety filled, and now we face a day that is completely and utterly sad.
I feel helpless. Hopeless. Numb. Mad as f*ck. And incredibly heartbroken.
I went to bed last night with a glimpse of hope that we were on the brink of electing the first woman president of the United States, but woke up at 3 AM to see the shocking reality of the complete opposite. Up and down my Twitter timeline was incredible disbelief, confusion and the repeated questions, “How in the hell did we get here?” and “Where do we go from here?”
I won’t lie and say that I’m okay, because I’m not. I’m a young black woman living in a country that just elected a man who believes it’s alright to make fun of those who are disabled, openly disrespect women and believes that people of different races and cultures have the ability to go on violent rampages as rapists. And this isn’t a post to give y’all ‘political’ down of how we got here because, that just ain’t my ministry — I’m simply just stating facts.
Y’all, there’s a HELL OF A LOT at stake that impacts a HELL OF A LOT of people and right now, no one has the answers. Not even Sway.
But what I can say is that I’m not going to allow this spirit of chaos, confusion and uncertainty stop me from moving toward my greatness— and neither should any of you.
The very last thing we need to do right now is succumb to living in fear.
Particularly to my fellow millennials, women and people of color: at this very moment, we have to keep hustling harder, working smarter and fighting for our dreams. Yes, right now is scary AF, but we have to keep putting one foot in front of the other, keep the faith and not allow for the current f*ckery in our midst to stop us from flourishing. Our parents and grandparents have unfortunately seen and experienced much worse, but we must be inspired by their unwavering will to press forward.
“Excellence is required now. Make your plan and focus up. No more delaying. No more identifying thoughts or ideas that aren’t progressive. If you’ve never believed in yourself, no better time than TODAY.” — Karis Chandler
I know today and the next several days will be hard, but feel what you need to feel. Cry, yell, scream, throw pillows — do what you need to do. Don’t let anyone tell you how you ‘should’ feel in this moment.
Even in the face of defeat, I’m still hopeful that our future is bright and we can be the change we wish to see. I’m still hopeful that even in the face of adversity, we can still create beautiful things, become phenomenal people and make an impact on this nation that we live in. And no politician, bigoted business mogul, or electoral college can take that away from me.
Secretary Hillary Clinton just made the most amazing concession speech that I’ve seen in my lifetime. It was full of grace, inspiration, gratitude, hope and the courage to continue to move forward. She also shared a special gem with the ladies because, the future is still female:
“To the little girls watching, never doubt that you are valuable, powerful and deserving.” — HRC
This will hurt for a while, but in the illustrious words of our Cousin Kenny, “we gon’ be alright.”
Onward and upward, y’all.