Woke up. The sun is shining. The world did not end. Disappointed? Yes. Devastated? No. Hopeless. No. Hopeful. Yes, especially for our lil ones. Our history shows us that nothing worth changing comes easy. Determined? More than ever. Justice, fairness, and equality is worth the fight. This was not the time, but, make no mistake, quieran o no, the time will come.
All one has to do is turn on TV, Radio, or Social Media and the barrage of ‘whys’ are overwhelming. Why did people do this? Why didn’t people do that? Why did this happen? Why did you vote this way? Why did you vote that way? The way I see it, we all had a right to vote in this election, we all need to own our decision one way or another. I’m glad that we live in a free country where we can safely think and vote however we want to do so.
One feeling has dragged me down during this entire election process: the feeling that the “movement” was based on fear, racism, discrimination, sexism, and negativity. I also had the feeling that the “movement” was a place where I would not be welcome, that the “movement” was angry that a person of color was running this country IN SPITE OF fear, racism, discrimination, sexism, and negativity. The cultural divide of this country is real and I’ve never seen this anything this bad in my life. I would love to say that it doesn’t exist and that the “movement” will be inclusive but the jury is still out on that one.
What the “movement” should know:
- No one can hide racism, no matter how subtle. This campaign was straight-up in-your-face racist and so many other things. I will be watching to see how the “movement” embraces national unity eso si.
- The numbers do not lie. No one will be able to stop the inevitable fact that this country is, increasingly, a country of color. Latinos came out to vote this time around and, in some state precincts, the numbers were off the charts. Latinos are younger, still having babies, many of our elders registered and were proud to cast their vote. Latinos will need to keep organizing and stick together ESPECIALLY as the “movement” will make the road to progress and justice a very rough one.
- I have seen and worked with people who are misguided and very afraid of the changing colors of this country on BOTH sides. The “movement” folk cannot handle the beauty of vibrant colors and, for the folks of color, it’s just another day. For them, this is the way things have always been: fear, racism, discrimination, sexism, and negativity rule the day. The misguided approach usually involves name-calling and lashing out in negative ways which hurts everyone. Change is scary. I believe that there is some truth to Van Jones’ theory that this election was a “white-wash against a changing country” (video clip below).
- Latinos WORK it and do not give up nor do we give in easily. We are completely accustomed to working from a disadvantage. Therefore, we are completely adept at working our way out of ANY type of situation. Throw it at us, we deal with it, we work it, especially if it will affect the lives of our families. Resilience and stamina is something that the “movement” has yet to show me.
Is this a hopeless situation? No. A political tornado has hit. As we go thru the mess, piece by piece, we will find our bearings, we will find that foundation and resilience that has served our parents, grandparents,and antepasados so well, we will fight for our families and our community. I remain inspired…inspired by the fact that raza got up and registered to vote and then they got up again, and, more importantly, VOTED. I am hopeful that, while this was not the time nor the person to lead the fight for justice, equality, fair play, and positivity, that the time WILL come. Our country will get it right, eventually. Aaaand just in case it doesn’t, I pledge to be part of the solution, and not the problem. I will do this for my littles especially so that they KNOW that they have every right and freedom available to them, to live in this great country and that they are empowered, confident and not afraid to have an opinion, that their “voto es su voz” even if it does not resonate with any movement.
Si Se Puede, Mil Veces, Si Se Puede.