The day I lost my father, four years ago, is easily the worst day of my life, bar none. But last night? Easily a close second.
My heart aches for people of color, for gay, queer and transexual people, for women and those with ‘disabilities’, for those with mental illness, for those who pray to a non-Christian God. For those who depend on the minimum wage, on welfare and food stamps, who need our social network to live another day. My heart goes out to those in the minority groups that are profoundly affected by the results of this election.
I’m lucky in that I’m a white woman. I may be Deaf, but I grew up privileged, by a family who loved me and had money to ensure my success. My family took an interest in my education, in my success, and I was encouraged similarly in the education systems that fed my mind and my curiosity of the world. Not many Americans can say this. It is for these Americans, I grief for, along with my daughters who through this election, were basically told that they aren’t valued citizens.
I’m thankful that this sham of an election has resulted me in taking action. I will no longer take our government for granted and will make every effort to show up at ALL elections. I will find ways to participate in my local government and social organizations. In fact, I contacted Planned Parenthood about the possibility of volunteering with them. I hope to do so much more, for my fellow Americans who aren’t as lucky as I am, and of course, for my girls and their friends.
What will YOU do to ensure that our country retains its values of love, liberty and freedom for ALL of its citizens, regardless of gender, disability, race, religion, et. al?