Macklemore’s Open Letter to His Daughter is a Powerful Blueprint for Hope

By | Posted November 9, 2016
In the face of the nation’s biggest political upset, Macklemore finds solace in the potential of his daughter.
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Today (November 9), I woke up in Trump’s America. We all did. Whether you did or did not vote, whether you like him or don’t, this is where we are now.

With a country seemingly more divided than ever, and following one of the biggest political upsets of this nation’s history, many of us are still reeling from the surprise of this year’s presidential election.

Among us are mothers, fathers, artists, teachers, and scientists, all wondering how the next four years are going to play out. American citizens are justifiably anxious and reasonably uncertain. Macklemore is one of the millions of U.S. citizens feeling the sting of yesterday’s results.

Early this morning, Macklemore took to his Instagram to pen an inspiring open letter to his daughter, whom he fully expected to witness the election of our nation’s first female president last night.

 

I am disappointed, shocked and shaken at my core by what has transpired tonight. I gathered around the TV with my family and loved ones, ready to celebrate history being made. My daughter had this little blue dress on. I was ready to pop the Martinelli's and hold her, watching Hilary Clinton become the first female president of the United States of America. But...It didn't happen. I had a sick feeling in my gut, riddled with anxiety as the polls started coming in. After hours of a growing pit in my stomach, it was over. I left the TV, grabbed my daughter and took her to bed. But now, as I'm laying next to my her as she sleeps, I remember. Remember what I have control over and what I don't. I don't have control over Donald Trump becoming president. That has been decided. But what I do have control over is where I go from here. I will teach my daughter to love. All people, regardless of the color of their skin, gender, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or where their birth certificate says they're from. I will teach her how important it is to be an advocate for humanity. Not just the portion of humanity that benefits her. I will teach her non violent communication. That in the face of hatred we must love each other even harder. Not give in. Not get discouraged or feel like our progress in the past is void. Keeping fighting for all of us, with an emphasis on those that and have been the most affected by systemic oppression. I will teach her that when she is silent during moments of injustice, she is siding with the oppressor. I will teach her that walls divide people, and by their nature cannot bring us closer. And that just because someone holds the most powerful position in the world, does not make that person right, just or fair. Donald Trump is not raising my daughter. I am. I get to encourage and nurture her to be who she wants to be. Teach her that her voice and actions can change the world. Teach her that she can do anything that a man can do. And one day, even become president of the United States of America. I have work to do. It starts now. And that work is the only thing bringing me peace at the moment

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In the letter, Macklemore laments over the outcome of the election, but only briefly. His focus quickly turns to his daughter and how she will be raised, asserting that while he cannot control the fact that Donald Trump was elected, he can control the fact that his daughter will be raised with tolerance and love.

Macklemore’s sentiments are not just his own, but those of parents across the country. Our nation’s future resides in the minds and hands of our children, and Macklemore’s vow to raise his own as a beacon of acceptance and compassion is a reminder to the rest of us that the next four years have nothing to do with how we decide to raise the next generation.

During a time of division and uncertainty, Macklemore is among the many voices reminding us that love and goodness cannot be upset on a grand scale.

So, regardless of your feelings about last night’s results: tell someone you love them today. Hug your family. Make new friends. Be compassionate. Those are things no one can oppose.

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By Brent Bradley. Follow him on Twitter.

Photo Credit: Instagram

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