For some, the election is over. The results are in and it’s time to move on. But for others, like Austin Channing Brown, it is not possible to move on so quickly. She continues to catch herself feeling emotions she didn’t think she would feel so deeply.
“I want to be over it. I want to have not felt anything to begin with. I want to say that I didn’t feel grief, that I didn’t possess enough expectations in America to be disappointed. I am supposed to know better. I am supposed to know how deeply racism and xenophobia runs in America. I am supposed to know how treacherous and poisonous white supremacy is. I am supposed to know and knowing is supposed to save me.”
Recognizing these feelings, Austin is remaining engaged with the current political developments rather than seek removal from them. She is trying to not let her own hurt make her forget about the ongoing struggle of so many. Perhaps all of us — no matter our race, political affiliation, or theological stance — should be paying more attention to those still struggling against the system. Perhaps we can join Austin in working to spread hope rather than fear.