An opportunity towards economic and social justice

One week after the election of Donald J. Trump as President of the United States, the November sky is darker and the winds more ominous. I want to believe the majority of Trump voters do not support or act on the racist and misogynist rhetoric he spewed on the campaign trail. After all, like many of us who voted for Clinton, I have family members and friends who voted for Trump.

The problem is, his words sanctioned hate, resulting in hundreds of recent hate crimes and incidents throughout our nation. His appointed chief strategist is a white nationalist. To the rest of the world, the actions of our incoming Commander in Chief reflect on all Americans.

As my colleague George observed, “It’s like a bad dream that you need to pay attention to.”

Apparently, anger over everything from socioeconomic status to legal abortion made Americans willing to ignore the President-elect’s lack of a basic sense of human decency. We have entered a world where cherished human values like love, forgiveness, compassion and respect for each other regardless of class, race or sexual orientation can be set aside.

But above all, we’re human beings-women and men, whites and people of color, LBGTQ, people with disabilities. And the most divisive election in recent history may have created an opportunity. It brought income inequality, racial and social discrimination to the forefront; issues that have always been there are back on the surface, on the people’s table.

If hate speech and actions are out in the open, so too can be acts of compassion and justice. Regardless of who we voted for, let’s start talking and working together against hate, and for justice in our economy and our society. Because we’re still the United States of America, and divided, we’ll fall.

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