For two days now I’ve been thinking about the U.S. election results and pondering what to write. In the next few days, I’ll offer some thoughts on lessons for media literacy education and what the future may hold for media literacy educators during the Trump Presidency. In the meantime, of the dozens and dozens of reactions that have arrived in my Inbox, from personal stories to fundraising appeals from progressive organizations urging me not to lose hope, I share with you the one message I experienced as most profound, powerful, and important. This is what my colleague, Rachel Poulain from California Newsreel wrote:
Dear friends and colleagues,
Here’s the deal: we are going to keep going.
We are going to continue to be kind and inclusive. We’re going to keep making sure our children know they are loved and valued and that growing up in a safe, secure and nurturing society is their birthright. We’re going to show up, with the strength and courage to believe in the United States as a nation that lifts up freedom, equity and justice for all. We’re going to keep making sure our Muslim, Latino, Black and LGBTQ brothers, sisters and children know they are safe. We’re going to wake up each day and handle business.
Grieve because you must. But please do not fall into the abyss of fear that has generated such a dark socio-political stage. Please.
What we have now is our courage and our faith in all who are traveling this rough road with us.
When the dark seems to subsume everything, those of us who still can, must exaggerate Light.
Every minute of every day we have to chose between fear and love. Choose love. Breathe love. Be love.
There are a lot of us in this together.
Find your way toward what feels valuable and good and take your refuge and your stand there.
We’ve got this.
With love, light and faith in the greater good,
Rachel Poulain – Director of Public Engagement, The Raising of America & Mother to one absolutely delightful 3 1/2 year old