Maybe, like me, you were watching the election returns last night. I hit “refresh” on the New York Times election results page about every five minutes.
We decided to distract ourselves with Luke Cage on Netflix because murderous super villains like Stryker are less stressful than watching continuous coverage. After two episodes I hit refresh one more time, and realized that Mr. Trump had won. I started to cry. Racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, Islamophobia, and meanness seemed to win last night.
This morning I started to crowd source a “playlist,” for the day after the election day. Because there is a lot to grieve, lament and be angry about. There is also a call to continue doing justice, loving mercy and walking humbly no matter who is president, and we need each other’s help to cope with today and move forward tomorrow. Please add your own resources in the comments.
Listen to This:
Labi Sifre (Something Inside So Strong)
Maya Angelou (Still I Rise)
Padraig O Tuama (The Facts of Life) a poem from Northern Ireland
Beyonce (Run the World)
Donny Hathaway (Someday We’ll All Be Free)
Kendrick Lamar (Alright)
Chance The Rapper ft. Jay Electronica (How Great)
Alicia Keys (Holy War)
Pharrell Williams (Freedom)
Nothing – really, turn off the tv, turn off the radio and your podcasts and just be in the silence for awhile. Your spirit needs some quiet.
Stephanie Vos’ guided meditation for election day works really great for the day after the election too.
Good news. Minnesota elected the first Somali American Woman Legislator
Good news. Sheriff Joe Arpaio lost his re-election campaign
The Psalms of Lament gave words to what I was feeling last night.
A friend who teaches in a Catholic School said that she found hope in reading Tim Ladway’s picture book of Psalm 23
This article about how to talk to kids about the results was incredibly helpful.
Gather and find support. Friend’s of mine are gathering in coffee shops, churches, synagogues and chapels today. Connect with your friends online and in your own neighborhood. A Pastor friend of mine set up an “I’m here to listen” station at a local coffee shop. Another church in town was offering anointing, hugs and prayers of courage. Connect and strengthen each other.
Rest. The election season is long, and many of you were door knocking, registering voters, writing and campaigning. Many of us stayed up late last night. Get some sleep, allow your mind, body and spirit to rest. Watch something fun, color, go for a walk, do some yoga, play a video game.
Go Back To Work. What is it that bothers you most about the election results? Islamaphobia? Misogyny? White Supremacy? Voter Suppression? Divisiveness? Able-ism? Racism? Bullying? That thing that bothers you the most is a part of your call in the world. An election doesn’t diminish the importance of that work. Find an organization you can support with your time and donations.