Yesterday, we voted for the kind of America we wanted to live in.
The America we chose is one that feels like a clear message to many of the people that fought so hard to be heard this election: this is not your victory. To say I am disappointed in the America we chose is putting it lightly. I’m frightened for myself, for my loved ones, and those who have already lived in fear long before we elected our next president.
But it still is our America. It still is our country, no matter how much selfishness or fear or even hatred makes it seem like it isn’t. I live here. You live here. This isn't the end, by any means.
For many people, including myself, these results don’t add up to the America we believe in. It doesn’t stand for the work I’ve seen many Americans put in this election season and will continue to put in going forward. It doesn't stand for the progress we have seen or might have one day. And because of the audacity of the hope it can become the America we have been fighting for: I will not be silent. We can work towards something better.
The idea of that silence is what really kept me up last night. It’s what frightened me more than who won and it’s what continues to frighten me this morning. We all know the polls told a different story before tonight. It means some didn't do enough. It means too many remained silent, and therefore complicit, in the direction the country was about to take. If you are scared today but did nothing yesterday: consider this in the future. We must ask for what we want. It is difficult and often dangerous, but we cannot let those with the most to lose to carry the most weight. We must all help. I know I won’t be complicit in any silence going forward, and the question I do not want to ask myself after today: did I say enough? Did I do enough?
If you are unhappy today, you know we must do more.
If you can, donate to the ACLU or Planned Parenthood this afternoon. I believe we have a long road ahead of us, but I also know it's the road we've been fighting on for quite a while. I come to you with sadness and fear today, but I also come with determination. And I trust that it's my duty as an American, a woman, a Latina, and a human being who believes in compassion, kindness, and equality to keep going down it---louder than ever.