Last night there were massive protests in many of our major cities regarding the election of Donald Trump. When interviewed, many of the protestors expressed their fear that members of their family were going to be deported…that a target was now on their back because of their religion…that the ‘stop and frisk’ policing policy embraced by the Candidate Trump would be brought back…that there is a diminishing of the horribleness of sexual assault…and that the personal freedoms won by the Gay and Lesbian Community would be under attack.
Last night I watched an impassioned response, to Trump supporter Andy Dean complaining about CNN Commentator Van Jones. Mr. Jones was talking about Trump’s electoral victory being a ‘white lash’ as opposed to being a backlash. The response came from respected New York Times Columnist, Charles Blow, appearing on CNN. “I don’t know what walk of life you have to be in to think that race is a media fascination…I happen to live in this skin, been doing it for forty-six years and I’ll tell you something, this has nothing to do with the media, my job, any of that. It has everything to do with the fact that I know my history…”
I have worked closely with two mercurial leaders. One was in a faith community and the other was in a work environment. Both men had the capacity for great kindness…and great retaliation… and mean spiritedness when they perceived that they had been crossed. Both could be influenced by good advice that leaned toward mercy and understanding of others. Both ultimately stayed true to their darker paranoia. My combined time with these two leaders was twenty-nine years.
This election is unprecedented. The American people have elected a person who said, on a regular basis during his campaign the most… bigoted…misogynistic…xenophobic utterances ever heard by a Republican or Democratic candidate for the presidency.
Now that President Elect Trump has secured the highest office in the land it is incumbent on him to quiet the fears of the many groups that he maligned during his candidacy. We are in to the second day of the President Elect…and so far his actions have been magnanimous and Presidential. I was heartened at his gracious words for President Obama when they just concluded their White House meeting.
Mr. President Elect…calm the fears of millions of Americans…reach out to them and show them that you care about their welfare…assure us that we are not in the ‘Twilight Zone.’