Dear President-Elect Trump:
It has been exactly one week since our country declared you the winner of the presidential election. While others took to social media to express their immense elation or deepest sorrow, I waited. I reflected. I prayed. I did so in order to truly understand what I was feeling and what it meant to live in Donald Trump’s America. After careful consideration and time to process through the results of last week, I am finally ready to express my thoughts. I know that you may never read this open letter, but that’s ok. This letter isn’t just for you, it’s also for me and everyone else. Whether you voted for Trump or Hillary, identify as a conservative or liberal, are politically active or apathetic, I want you to know that we’re all Americans in Donald Trump’s America. But even more than that, we’re all members of the human race and children of God. We have to be in service for something greater than ourselves. We have to be neighbors again.
People of the World,
Annie and I have been praying for you. We hurt with you, your loss is our loss, and we stand in your corner. The past few days have literally been hell on earth. We have a lot of feelings that we've been holding back, but we think it's time to muster up some courage and address it. We want to honor those who have lost their lives.
In the midst of the darkness, Annie and I have made our first rule as a married couple: we can't let fear silence us. We can't be afraid to show our political cards. We must show support for our black friends and family. We can't just continue posting wedding photos on Facebook as if nothing has happened. We need to stop hiding our sadness and dissent. We need to acknowledge that our silence is part of the problem.
So, why take a social justice stance on our marriage blog? It’s kind of weird and out of place. We get that. But for those who really know us, you'll think, "They're a couple of hippies, I totally saw this coming." As much as we hate being predictable, thank you and touché. Feminism ain't our only axe to grind, ya know.
Annie & Jack
Love. Marriage. Teamwork. Art. Offsetting the patriarchal footprint. These are some of the things we're thinking about.