This post originally appeared on the SEARAC blog.
Today as we let the election results sink in, it may feel like hatred and oppression won. We have all witnessed the next President of the United States stoke fear about immigrants and Muslims, disrespect women and people with disabilities, and make explicitly racist statements. Those engaged in the fight for true equity, justice, and empowerment of immigrants, refugees, and communities of color are feeling a great deal of grief — feeling that our nation’s vote was a personal attack on who we are, the values we stand for, and why we are here in America.
What do we do now?
We hold each other closer, and we love our communities harder.
We take time to heal and process.
We remind ourselves of our resilience and power.
And then we organize.
SEARAC is committed to fighting even harder, with more love and more determination, for our community’s well-being and empowerment.
Our work may have just gotten a lot harder, but we will continue building a civil rights movement with communities of color, with Muslim communities, with women, with LGBT communities, with people with disabilities, and with anyone who wants to fight for a better America where hatred and oppression will never win, together on this long road to equity and social justice.
The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Diverse Elders Coalition.