Donald Trump, Thank You!

Hard to believe, but I’m finding the positives in the arrival of the Trump

Donald,

21 days since you became president and I want to thank you.

Thank you for reminding us that we still have so much work to do to remove ignorance and intolerance from this world.

Thank you for teaching my children that if you judge and speak badly of someone because of their gender, sexuality, religion or ethnicity, everyone will stand up against it to prove you wrong, no matter how powerful you might be.

Thank you for teaching them that complacency is as disruptive as extremism. We will no longer take a good, or great, situation for granted.

Thank you for showing my children that if they disrespect women, they are disrespecting mothers, sisters, daughters and wives everywhere.

Thank you for shining a light on just how gullible and lazy we have become in our consumption of media. We will no longer click and share ‘news’ without verifying facts and sources.

Thank you for showing us just how many people are disenfranchised, disillusioned and discouraged from politics.

But most of all I want to thank you for bringing us together. For helping us to unite, regardless of race, religion, gender or even location. You are spurring us to build bridges, when there are threats of walls. Without you, so many of us would not be standing up to make our voices heard.

Donald, on behalf of everyone who believes in tolerance, freedom and fairness, I thank you.

God bless the USA, please

Regardless of my views of Mr Trump, America has spoken.

All change…

This time eight years ago, I remember holding a very little Boy1 as America took a massive step forward by electing its first black president. At that moment he was entering a world of progress and opportunity. He’d never know a life where the idea of a black president was unfathomable. There was a feeling of hope, progress, pride and most of all, unity.

Today, I sit with Boy2 and emotions couldn’t be more different. I see people angry, upset, shocked and disappointed. I see others boasting and laughing. I see a nation, in fact a world, divided and confused.

Regardless of my views of Mr Trump, America has spoken. Democracy is democracy and the majority has spoken.

We must now try to come together and teach our children about love and tolerance. We must embrace change and go forward with a positive outlook. We can not let negativity win.

Today might be stormy, but sunshine will return.

xx