This Minister Shared Powerful Tweets for Anyone Feeling Rejected This Election

November 11th 2016

Laura Donovan

Tuesday's unexpected election of Donald Trump as president has left a lot of people feeling powerless and rejected by those who voted him into office.

Rev. Dr. William Barber, II, a protestant minister and the president of the North Carolina NAACP, published a series of tweets on Friday acknowledging the despair of those who opposed Trump's election. 

He wrote that some people might view Trump's win as a rejection of progressive values like racial justice and equality, given some of the remarks Trump has made about minorities and Muslims:

But this is the time to stay true to our values rather than give up on our country, he wrote:

His tweets are resonating with a lot of people:

For some, the struggle has been rooted in the fact that while they personally opposed Trump, members of their family did not. 

Jennine Capó Crucet, a writer whose parents were born in Cuba, wrote in a New York Times article on Friday that she struggles to understand why some of her Cuban relatives voted for Trump:

"[M]uch of my extended family in Florida gave their crucial vote to a candidate who would be more than happy to have them deported. My partner’s father — a Cuban man who fled a dictatorship that, like Mr. Trump, promised to jail his political opponents — voted for Mr. Trump despite hours of phone conversations urging him otherwise. I cannot make sense of these choices. There is no sense to be made. I have long tried to respect the personal histories that have compelled many Cubans to vote for Republican candidates. That ends now. There was too much at stake in this race — it feels as though my very rights as a woman of color living in a Trump-voting state are now critically in question."

In an article posted on Bustle Wednesday, Marlena Ahearn acknowledged the "great deal of anxiety" suffered by those who are trying to make sense of Trump's win, while members of their family rejoice. 

Ahearn wrote that it was critical for opponents of Trump to have honest conversations with family members who support him. 

Sharing is powerful. Taking your knowledge and your lived experience and sharing that with people who disagree with you can be incredibly effective. Sharing what you believe in — women's rights, immigration, supporting planned parenthood, the gender pay gap — is so important because it gives your loved ones concrete and powerful examples of what you stand for. There is no guarantee that you can change someone’s mind, but it’s a start to helping them see things from your perspective.

Others are wondering how to organize themselves and protect the rights of their friends who are minorities

Despite the disappointment some people feel, there has been a lot of encouragement for Trump opponents to volunteer or donate to a cause they care about so they can feel more empowered. 

After Trump's election, LGBT suicide hotlines saw a sharp increase in calls, according to Mother Jones. This has prompted some people to offer support to any groups feeling unsafe or deeply distressed right now: