Pious Ali greets voters at a Portland polling place
Wednesday, November 09, 2016
Keeping the Flame Alight
Take heart: This is how the future voted
Dark day. And lots more coming: The New Yorker's David Remnick powerfully outlines the American tragedy that is the shocking election of an ill-informed bigot, buffoon, sociopath, narcissist and "human being with dismal qualities." But amidst the tears, rage and shame that, as it turns out, we live in a country where hate has now won, there's also a resolve - cue Michael Moore, Van Jones and many more - to move past the heartsickness, invoke our better angels, and honor the longtime if sometimes battered American tradition to keep fighting for what's right. Many notables have come this way before, from Joe Hill urging his followers, "Don't mourn - organize," to the tough-as-nails Mother Jones preaching, "Pray for the dead, and fight like hell for the living." Canada may beckon but this is our country too, and there are already scattered, stalwart pockets of resistance to prove it.
Thousands of high school students in Berkeley, Cali. walked out to protest the vote; thousands more took to the nation's streets and social media to declare Trump is #NotMyPresident, mourning and vowing to come together not with but in spite of Trump; many parents and teachers likewise struggled to find a kinder way forward for the next generation with #ImTellingMyKids. Martín Quezada, #ImTellingMyKids we been fighting hatred for generations. We may have lost today, (but) we'll keep fighting tomorrow." Among the few glimpses of light - Arpaio lost, Duckworth won, Maine's own Pious Ali easily became the first African-born Muslim on Portland's City Council - the brightest might be the startlingly blue electoral map representing America's 18-to-25-year-olds. "This," noted one hopeful observer, "is how the future voted...We must keep this flame alight and nurture this vision." Take a few days, then onward.