Written By: Morgan who is the Founder and Creative Director of Unpolished Journey.
On Wednesday November 2nd, 2016 I went to bed with the sounds of fireworks, cheering, and singing filling Chicago’s neighborhood streets as the Cubs won the World Series for the first time in 108 years.
On Wednesday November 9th, 2016 I woke up to a silent city as Donald Trump was elected over Hillary Clinton in the presidential election.
I walked to the train alongside teary-eyed professionals, students, mothers, fathers, and so many others with their heads hung low. Wednesday November 9th hit me like a hollow sack of darkness, deep in my gut. How was I supposed to pick myself up after this defeat, after our country had elected someone who so vocally stands against all my people – those who have survived sexual assault, members of the LGBTQ communities, mental health warriors, ethnic minorities, immigrants, people with disabilities, and so many more? I have seen many posts already when scrolling through Facebook that read “Day One of Trump” or “Trumps America”. These posts bring together all the hateful, racists, targeted tweets, actions, and distaste that has been spread among America in the first day of Trump’s election. Reading these only left me feeling heavier, darker, and more hopeless.
Then amidst my sorrow I started to see it, the light, the goodness of humanity, the love of the people. There were moments in the days after the election where people were going out of their way to support one another. A tight community was forming in the massive city of Chicago, one full of sorrow, fear, but above all love.
So here’s my “Trump’s America” post:
–Waking up to a text full of love and support from a friend reading, “I woke up and saw what I feared last night and I just want to let you know that I stand with you and hope you are doing okay <3”.
–Hundreds of artists at my school signing a banner, petitioning to make art to spread love and social change.
-An all school gathering where the administration of SAIC offered their apologies, resources, and encouragement for a strengthened community.
-Strangers hugging crying strangers on the train.
-Random signs reading, “spread more love” posted on the bus stops around downtown.
-My professor walking into class yesterday, peering out at the student population he would be speaking with, seeing 85% of them were people of color or members of the LGBTQ community, and bursting into tears for a good 5-10 minutes because he CARES that MUCH.
-Walking into Whole Foods to meet a friend, her getting up and simply saying “friend” as she engulfed me in a hug. Because, she just knew and I knew and it’s cool to have friends that know what you’re thinking before saying it.
-Watching the community of Unpolished Journey become more vocal through commenting and texting one another for support and love.
-Going to my cousin’s wedding where she got to legally declare her love to her girlfriend, tearing up at her bravery, thinking of all ignorant comments that had been said during the election process about the LGBTQ community, and whispering under my breath “love always win”.
-Lastly, feeling passionate enough to let my voice and opinions be heard. I am quiet and passive most of the time but spoken about what I have been experiencing this week. And, so have many others who were previously silent. This has given us space to be heard and that, no matter the circumstances, is a very powerful thing.
Yes, it has been a challenging week. Yes, I have been disappointed in America and had to practice so much self-care in order to keep my head up and hopes high. But, it has also been such a touching week filled with moments of connection and support. I have no doubt in my mind that LOVE will always TRUMP hate because love is so much more powerful. It brings us together and builds kingdoms of support among those who are hurting. Whereas, hate tears people apart and leaves them on separate islands.
Kingdoms are so much stronger than islands.