by Elise Lockamy | @warriorlise
I knew. On October 3rd, I scooped up a (free) morning edition of the Wall Street Journal from the hotel lobby on my way to catch my shuttle to LAX. During my read, I took note of the following words on the front page.
“The results mark another instance of voters rejecting counsel from their government and the establishment, after the U.K. vote to leave the European Union in June.”
After reading that line referencing the recent voter rejection of a Colombian peace treaty with rebels, I knew that the United States would experience its own “buck” to the establishment. I didn’t want to believe it, but I knew that Donald Trump would be the next President of the United States.
As much as I love Jesus, I’m not big on that whole Republican kick. So, no, I am not thrilled about Mr. Trump’s election. However, I am excited to report that alongside the rise of this outside occupier, rises a non-traditional crop of political leaders and decisions that also evidences voter rejection of the status quo.
Kamala Harris is now the junior senator of California. She becomes the second Black woman ever elected to the U.S. Senate. The state of Minnesota elected its first Somali-American Muslim female legislator, Ilhan Omar. And some more states opted to raise their minimum wages. The culture is shifting and if it’s moving toward increased diversity in representation and reduced economic disparity, I’m here for it!
I’ll be watching Mr. Trump’s administration closely. I know that many of my #woke and #empowered peers will be too. In fact, I hope we all apply for jobs at the White House, ready to buck the establishment there so that it favors equity. In the meantime, we gon’ be alright ya’ll. We gon’ be alright.