Thursday, November 10, 2016

Time to Get to Work

Like the majority of Americans on Tuesday, I voted for Hillary Clinton to be the next President of the United States. I am guessing that all of them shared my shock, anger, and sadness over what happened next. 

It is unfathomable to think that our president, the one who won the popular vote won't be taking office in January.

As much as I want to stew in anger over this, I just can't. I have to act.

It's embarassing to admit how passive I was during this election cycle. Donald Trump running for President was a joke, every step of the way, until Tuesday night. There was no way he would win. Until he did. It never once occured to me to get involved, in some way-- ANY way-- in case, well, every single prediction was incorrect. I did my due diligence and I voted. That should have been enough, right?

Wrong.

Perhaps the most positive thing that has come out of election, for me, is it woke me up. Now, I live in a severely blue bubble here in Seattle, Washington. Nearly 72% of the residents in King County voted for Hillary. In our state 55% voted for her. Actually, check out this graph below. See if you can spot the similarity between all of the images below when it comes to Washington state (h/t to my 12 yo daughter for pointing this out to me) . . . 


All of this to drive the point home that the majority of people I surround myself with by and large maintain the same ideals I do. That's pretty cool, and the reason my family lives where it does, but it has made me lazy and has certainly skewed my bigger view of the state of the country.

It was well past time for my husband and me to start the conversation about white privelege with our daughters, but I am glad we did. It's imperative that we "be the change we wish to see in the world", if you will, and do something to help those who weren't born in to the same privelege. While simply being a kind, decent person, who believes in equality for all, is indeed noble- it's not enough. Not nearly. Our family's challenge now is figure out a meaningful way to effect change. I don't know exactly what that looks like, yet, but we're working on it. We have all spent time volunteering for different organizations, but I feel like we need to specifically choose to give what we can to those who will be, and already are, being negatively affected by the results of our recent election. 

It's going to be a long four years. Time to get to work.