November 10, 2016

I don’t feel right posting my regularly scheduled posts without saying something about the election. But I honestly don’t know what to say that hasn’t already been said. I worry for my LGBT friends, for my female friends, for my friends of color, for friends who are immigrants, for my friends of other religions. I stand with you.


I never thought this would happen. I still can’t comprehend it. Never again, will I be afraid to speak up when things are not right. Never again, will I sit on the sidelines and let others do the work. I’m ashamed of our country, but I’m also ashamed of myself, for believing that we wouldn’t choose the misogynist, the racist, the xenophobe, the mocker of the differently abled, the man who bragged about sexually assaulting women.

Now we have to move forward. I know that the leaders I trust will do their best to work with Trump and to fight him where it matters. I also know that instead of being silent, I will stand up for what is right. Instead of buying into fearful rhetoric that plays on our emotions, I will continue to think for myself. Instead of hate, I will always choose love and acceptance. Instead of marginalizing people, I will continue to believe that everyone matters. Instead of being silent, I will stand against racism, against xenophobia, against homophobia, against misogyny. Instead of ignoring science, I will fight to stop climate change. Maybe I’m a bleeding heart, but it’s better than giving up.

When they go low, we go high.

12 responses to “Never again.”

  1. Emma says:

    I absolutely agree, no questions. We will fight for what is right.

    • Carolann says:

      Thank you! It means a lot to have the support of people from other countries who believe that we are better than this, who won’t give up on us, who believe that we will turn this into more hope and change.

  2. Sarah says:

    <3 it does feel a bit silly writing blog posts this week. But all we can do is put our words out there and fight for what and who we believe in.

    • Carolann says:

      I agree. I think it’s important to talk about this, because in the past I’ve been afraid to bring up important issues and get into arguments with people. But we also need to get out there and fight for what we believe in.

  3. Jenny says:

    Beautifully said Carolann. I was with you and never thought it would happen. I’m still in shock and so sad for my son. Thinking of you and enjoy the island living for us! Miss you!

    • Carolann says:

      I’m sad for him too. He deserves better than this and we will fight to make sure he gets it. Love you lots. Hope we can catch up soon.

  4. Audrey says:

    Me too, Carolann. Me too 🙁

    • Carolann says:

      It’s taken me a while to process this but I really do think that we need to fight harder than ever instead of becoming cynical and giving up. I’m not sure yet how I can do that but I want to do something.

  5. I have had a hard time wrapping my head around what has happened this week as well. But you are right, we have to move forward and continue speaking up for what we believe is right.

    • Carolann says:

      Thanks so much for reaching out. It is so comforting to hear this from so many other people. I sincerely hope our new president succeeds. But all of us will be watching and speaking up when things are not right.

  6. Laura says:

    This has been quite a week. I’m not giving up hope either.

    • Carolann says:

      Never. Thanks so much for reaching out. It was a hard week but knowing that there are other people not giving up hope and continuing to fight has helped me so much.

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