If you blame Facebook, diversify your friends.
If you blame your information, diversify your sources.
If you think we are “going to be alright,” you’re wrong and you’re out of touch. America is NOT looking great right now.
If you are trying to justify Trump’s legitimacy, you are misinformed or, like him, you have no interest in informing yourself.
We live in a society where it is so easy to be in touch with people who have different experiences/views than us. Take advantage of that. Get to know your neighbor.
I got reprimanded on social media for asking people to educate themselves. I won’t apologize for wanting my neighbor to read a newspaper or speak to someone who lives a different life. That’s what makes America great: the melting pot of this “great unfinished symphony.” Don’t shut yourself off from information because a world view benefits us all.
Reach out to that "opposing candidate" supporter in your life and link arms. We ARE in this together…but we have to WORK together. I’m discouraged by the stories I’ve read online about harassment (both physical and verbal) of minorities from young, white male Trump supporters. But I’m not hopeless. I know some of them, and they aren’t all like this. I’m just hoping they will step up and denounce that kind of behavior.
Reach out to your LGBTQ friend. Tell them you’re thinking about them. Ask them if they feel safe (chances are they don’t right now). Ask them if they feel loved (again, chances are…). Tell them they are safe with you. They are loved with you. Tell them you are listening.
Reach out to your POC friends. Tell them you’re thinking about them. Ask them if they feel safe (chances are, no). Ask them if they feel loved (see before). Tell them they are safe with you. Tell them they are loved by you. Tell them you are listening.
Reach out to the women in your life. Tell them you’re thinking of them. Ask if they feel safe (chances are…). Ask them if they feel valued (chances are….). Tell them they are safe with you. Tell them you love them and value them. Tell them you are listening.
Now. Go do something nice for someone…maybe someone you DON’T know.