Being the Underdog

What I foresaw as a nightmare…an utter joke…became a reality.

This election 2016 was so divisive for all the wrong reasons. I’m still in utter disbelief that a man such as Donald Trump will be running a nation that is seen as a nation of opportunities.

What was most disappointing — while I was working at my newsrooms office, watching and getting updates of the election live as excruciating as that was — is the fact that this country WILL regret its decision at some point. The people who retaliated during this election…seriously? All for the sake of “change in America.”

I tried keeping my opinion of this 2016 election to myself for the what was the naive hope that this nation would be able to understand its core values but apparently… it looks like we have another Brexit on our hands…

Tonight, millions of those who look like me and my family are left wondering tonight what place -if any- do we have in this country. We are taught since childhood to love and accept one another, to be inclusive and open to ideas, to not bully one another… we are told everything in life will be ok at some point… but tonight… where did all that value go?

CNN Political Commenter, Van Jones, said this best in midst of the panel discussion last night…10,20 years from now…how exactly will we be explaining this election to our predecessors?

What happened  Nov. 9th, 2016 will bring our nation to unprecedented times. There is no telling as to what could potentially happen once the current President-Elect takes office. What this man represents is what those with moral standards attempted to defeat yesterday in votes…We may not have prevailed this battle, but this only means it’s time to hit back harder…

We are going to wake up tomorrow and for the next 4 years to Donald Trump as our president, but understand that WE WILL take this country back. We WILL NOT tolerate racism, we WILL NOT accept sexism, we WILL NOT live in fear of religious prejudice AND WE WILL stand up to any injustice.

Yes, Donald Trump did win the election, but that doesn’t mean we should panic. The world will end someday, but not because of him and not now. We are just the underdogs of the world. Caring about women, minorities, democracy, and liberty and justice for all. We as citizens will have a job from now until things settle: to be moral.

We are each of us keepers of the promise to be moral.

This country has seen wars and grave injustices, slavery and even civil war in its past. Yet we found our way through. Be a rebel against those who are rude by being kind. Heal things, heal others. Inspire people with optimism and truth. But most of all…simply learn to love.

My parents did not drop their lives back in India, their families, friends, memories and traditions to come to a country where they didn’t believe there wasn’t any opportunity. My mother was determined to raise her children in America so much so that she came to this country on her 8th month carrying me in vision that this country will provide the best chance for me to achieve my dreams…

As Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in her concession speech, “…never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world. Our responsibility as citizens is to keep doing our part to build that better, stronger, fairer America we seek…”  

As upset and derailed as I am, I, along with many others believe there is still hope. There is still a chance we as a nation of individuals with true core values have a chance of taking back the land of opportunities and giving it back to those most deserving of it.

 

“This loss hurts, but please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it.” – Hillary Clinton.
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