As leader of his high school’s Democrat Club, my son Jacob Hutt was asked to share his thoughts after yesterday’s election results at a school assembly today.
With his permission, I am now sharing them with you.
“I have to be true to myself and say I am saddened by the results of the national election.
However, to those who share my views, it’s ok to be sad but it is more important that you take this time for self-reflection and to heal wounds. Where you perceive an injustice, challenge it. But take this opportunity to understand why this happened, why half the country voted this way. Whether you feel that some of the words and actions of the President-elect were horrifying, irredeemable, your neighbor valued these concerns less than what they saw as an injustice against them, a need to be rectified. Step outside your bubble and reach out to those who you haven’t truly had a conversation with. To make lasting change, you need to make an effort as a collective group to understand why the other side felt so angry, why they felt they were being excluded from the system. And remember that it was only a few days ago that you prayed that should we win, the other side will be able to concede gracefully and stand together with us for unity.
To those who supported the President-Elect, congratulations on your victory. Your voice has been heard. But please have compassion for those who now find themselves feeling like they no longer have a place in this country. Please understand that they see this result as an election calling for the suppression of their identity. It is your job to reassure them that despite your differing convictions, this is a country for everyone. You cannot effectively govern without half the nation behind you.
To all, Trump is the President-elect. But, no matter which side you see it from, half the country is not evil. And neither side can be so easily summed up as absent minded bigotry or hatred. We are all people. We are all Americans. We are all members of this community. And we will work through the divide. In the spirit of teamwork, reach beyond your lane, speak with those you disagree with, look inside yourselves, and ask how you can help others. Let us be a model community for the nation as a whole. “
Jacob Hutt, Class of 2017
Jacob articulates what I am feeling way better than I can.
How are you feeling after this election?