It has been one week since the presidential election, and the country is still grieving. From the large number of protests that have broken out around the world this past week, it should be pretty evident that we are scared of what the future may hold.
Both Trump and his VP Pence can be seen as a threat to minorities, women, and the entire LGBTQ+ community. I’m sure by now we have all heard the hateful and disrespectful things the two future representatives of our country have said.
From saying, “Mexicans are lazy,” to the discrimination against Muslims, and to Pence’s terrifying support of conversation therapy, there is a lot of hate being distributed. But the thing that scares me the most, is that there are fellow Americans out there who are supporting and fueling this hate.
Since Trump’s victory, the number of hate crimes have already increased. This is heartbreaking.
On Monday, November 14th 2016, I was front row at the The 1975’s concert. The moment of the night that really struck a chord in me, was when the band performed their song, Loving Someone.
The song was dedicated to the LGBTQ+ community with pride flags out and rainbow lighting for the set. Lead singer, Matty Healy, introduced the song with a speech.
He said: “Let me tell you that I know America, we know America, and the America we know is a young America. It’s a young America, it’s a liberal America, it’s a compassionate America, it’s a socially responsible America. It’s an America that doesn’t react to fear with anger, and doesn’t react to anger with fear, especially. It’s also a black America, it’s a Muslim America, and it’s a gay America.”
The performance was beautiful and powerful, and I think we all can agree with Matty when he says we should not react to this fear with anger, but as it says in their song, we all “should be loving someone.”
It is so easy for us to give into anger in times like this, and while yes, we do have every right to be angry, love is what we really need. Love will overcome fear and hate. Love will unite us and bring us together. As long as we are all kind and compassionate to one another, we will make it through.
Love Trump’s Hate.
You are not alone right now. Many of us are afraid, but if we all stick together with love and patience, we will win this fight. We will not give into the fear, we will not give into the hate, and we will not be divided.
To quote a line from The 1975’s song, Loving Someone: “We’re all human, we’re just like you.”