"Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that”—MLK Jr.
I've worked at corporations for many years, as a result I'm programmed to stay away from certain topics in public spaces but I'm making an exception. My mere existence as a Black woman is political, so if you take issue with this post that's on you. Anyone who knows me knows I'm not much of a crier (I've got tough skin attributed to my childhood) but yesterday I bawled. Those tears of joy were a release of so much pent up tension.
The past four years we've all watched the country slip dangerously close to America's ugly history repeating. Trump (I've never referred to him as President and I never will) has that slogan 'Make America Great Again' but all he exceeded in doing was 'Make America Hate Again'. His racism and bigotry knows no bounds. He lashed out against Mexicans, Muslims, the LGBTQIA+ community, Black people, Chinese people, people with disabilities, and Native Americans. Setting plans in motion to hurt us all. Trump's hateful rhetoric also emboldened his base. I live in the south and I've never seen as many Confederate flags flying as I have since he was elected. Trump is a blatant racist and if you still voted for him in 2020 after knowing all this, obviously you were more interested in self preservation and upholding the status quo. That's between you and your conscience but I personally wouldn't be able to look at myself in the mirror. Unfortunately my state is still red which makes me very uncomfortable (I'm obviously a Democrat) but I'll take this moment to celebrate the victory of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris' win. They aren't off the hook just because they won. Both have a few damaging blemishes on their records they need to work hard to erase. As Americans we need to "hold their feet to the fire" so they fulfill the promises they've made during the campaign trail. I'm not fully convinced yet but I'm optimistic and hopeful for the first time in a long time.