Before election day, I shared the photo in this blog, and I think it's time to share it again as a reminder to everyone.
Back in July, I also predicted that many people would have trouble accepting the results, but that part of what makes us great is the process of democracy, not necessarily the results. I stand by both of these posts.
The problem is that people on both sides are not just sharing their personal concerns or convictions. Rather, they are misrepresenting other perspectives, largely from not actually understanding the other side. We have all been quick to talk and slow to listen.
Before creating and re-sharing another nasty meme dismissing and even condemning a different opinion, please try to fully understand it. Please deeply listen to concerns on both sides.
Here are two articles that anti-Trump folk probably should read to understand some of the non-racist reasons people supported him:
- Six Reasons for Trump's Rise That No One Talks About
- Taking Trump voters’ concerns seriously means listening to what they’re actually saying
First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists, but I was neither, so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew so I did not speak out. And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me.And some articles that may help the Trump supporters listen to the deep concerns of the anti-Trump movement:
- Why Donald Trump’s Victory Terrifies Some Of Your Ethnic Minority Friends
- Supporting Those With the Most To Lose
- The alt-right movement harassed my family for having black children, and Trump is considering their leader for Chief of Staff (he has now been appointed Chief Strategist)
- Church, We've Got Some Explaining To Do
- America Elects a Bigot
- A Registry
- To my friends who are relieved today
- I Just Wanted to Show a Sign
As Obama said, we all want Trump to succeed. Indeed, that would be best for the country. Success does not mean ostracizing huge groups of this country and world who have been central to making this country great. Success and greatness begin with listening and understanding differing opinions.