I always knew this election would be close, even when polls had Hillary Clinton up by 12-16 points. I didn’t believe it. I understand the fabric of the country we live in. That fabric is often woven with racism, homophobia, sexism, and xenophobia.
The best of us hope for freedom, justice, and equality but we’ve seen those values extended to some but not all time and time again. Still, I remained hopeful. After all, this country did elect Barack Obama to the presidency not once but twice.
It’s clear now that President Obama had to be the perfect candidate with a populist message and be a Washington outsider to be elected. Everything, Hillary Clinton was not.
On election night when it became clear that Donald Trump would become the 45th President of the United States, I wept. I wept because as a black woman in America, you kind of know that this country doesn’t really love and appreciate you and you have to do that yourself. Still, we rise. We slay. We keep going.
This message was so loud and clear. You couldn’t help but to hear it and feel it. Popular YouTuber, Blogger and all around Smart Brown Girl Jouelzy expressed so clearly how many of us felt on Election night and continue to feel to this day.