The world has changed in the last 24 hours. We no longer live with gentle joking about 'world war III' being an abstract concept. We can no longer say that progress away from bigotry has been slow but constant. We are no longer moving in the right direction. Trump's win is a catastrophe for the US. My heart bleeds for the marginalised people who now have targets painted on their backs by their own government. There is nothing I can say that will make that better but know that there are people everywhere standing with you.
Trump being considered a decent, smart, moral???? choice as a president reveals more than just America's political climate- it speaks to the very real backslide we have taken globally. There has been an aggressive right wing push to reclaim ground lost in the last 50-60 years and only now are we starting to see the effect. Trump is the effect. But so is offshore 'processing' for human beings. So is the valuing of budget surplus over the lives of disabled people and their ability to make rent this week. Trump is a symptom, not the disease.
Fortunately, the cure to this sickness is the same as it has always been: bold and powerful love. As an artist, my requirement in this terror is to respond with bravery; to continue making art that talks through love and power rather than hate and oppression. This is our necessity if we want to make change: the stakes have never been higher, the odds never stacked more severely against us. We, the people who care for progress, for art, for love and compassion, for justice and peace have an absolute duty to keep going. This is not the war lost. This is the reason to fight harder. Artists, this is your call to action. Make good art. Love boldly, spread compassion for each other and as the saying goes, give them hell.