The election is over – Now what?

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02-sgreyThe election is over. Now it’s time we move forward and stop wallowing with what could have been or should have been. This isn’t the time to dwell on what happened over the last few months before and after the primaries. And this isn’t the time to speak negatively or think negatively about President-elect Donald Trump and/or the Republican Party.

The election of Donald Trump has brought about mixed emotions. Some are happy. Some are sad.

And some are downright bewildered. Whatever your opinion is of Donald Trump, the one thing we have to do is do our best to support him and help make America the country it should be.

America should be a country that welcomes people of all backgrounds without judging, a country that protects and defends its citizens, and a country that rises above adversity. Too much divisiveness isn’t good for this country. It will not help us move forward.

Never ‘post-racial’
We need to understand that America has never been a country that reached a post-racial status.

Why? The election of President Barack Obama proved it from day one. This country claims to be one that welcomes people of all faiths. However, when there’s a terrorist attack, those who practice and profess the Islamic faith are demonized. Never mind when tragedy happens in a local movie theatre or at a local school, the suspect is deemed as mentally unstable.

We can talk about education, health care, employment, Social Security, and affordable housing, just to name a few, and still have a disconnect. Without understanding the history of America – not what you have read in history books – you will never truly understand its psyche and practice.

Because we will soon experience four years of Donald Trump as commander-in-chief, I urge you to do the following:
•Become active in your local and state politics. So much happens locally that affects the national makeup of what happens in Congress.
•Educate yourself on politics and finances. Those with little to no knowledge of politics and finances will quickly find themselves at the bottom of the ladder.
•Start your own business. It’s been predicted that services and programs will be slashed. This isn’t the time to sit back and wait on people; it’s time to create your own opportunity.
•Stop categorizing and judging people based on race and ethnicity. While there are a few bad people who misrepresent their race, religion, and culture, it’s not fair nor is it right to label a group of people.
•Use your voice as a platform to initiate change. Yes, your vote is important, but your voice at city council meetings and school board meetings is just as valuable and effective. Social media is a great tool, but if your voice doesn’t lead to action, nothing has transpired.

The election is over
The real work begins now. Even though we witnessed the distance of many people after Barack Obama got elected to his first term in office by saying, “Let’s make him a one-term president,” the real test is will Americans come together and try to make America the country it should be?

This isn’t the time to do nothing. Future generations are depending on us and are looking to us for direction.

Dr. Sinclair Grey III is a speaker, minister, author, and success coach. Contact him at drgrey@sinclairgrey.org or on Twitter @drsinclairgrey.

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