We started the evening of the election happily looking for blue outfits and ended it binge drinking on the floor, wrapped in blankets. The increasingly dark and rainy weather reflected our moods as the electoral count for Trump grew with alarming speed.
Disbelief, confusion, denial and fear are just some of the emotions our editorial team has felt since the news broke that Donald Trump will become the next President of the United States.
Looking forward from this week’s events, we want to emphasize our support of all the marginalized voices that were ignored during this election. We are here to advocate for women, immigrants, the LGBTQIA community, people of color, survivors of sexual assault and all others who feel threatened by the President-elect.
When we started Smear a little over a year ago, we did so to represent voices that are continually ignored and discounted. Unfortunately, the results of Tuesday’s election are an extension of this trend, and a reminder to us that the stories we tell are crucial.
At times like these it is easy to fall into hopelessness. Pain and despair on faces across the country during this week’s protests will not soon be forgotten. But in the (orange) face of these hardships, it’s up to us to stand together. We need to harness our negative emotions and turn them into positive change. This election has reminded us that this country has a long way to go, and it starts here, with us, on the local level.
Smear will be hosting a feminist solidarity poetry reading/prose night to offer a space for people who have felt their voices ignored during this political process. More details to come – we are here for you.
Yours in solidarity,
The Smear Editorial Team