“This country was founded on immigration and today the only people that feel safe, that their rights are recognized and respected are white men,” says Oscar-nominated actress Jennifer Lawrence in a piece she wrote earlier this month for Broadly. She eventually expands that ‘net of safety’ to include straight white men.
Lawrence understands that people throughout the United States are scared following the election of Donald Trump to the presidency, and many more are confused on what should be our next steps, as a concerted effort on behalf of marginalized communities is essential.
We’re all allowed to be sad that the present isn’t what we thought it was. But we mustn’t be defeated. We will keep educating ourselves and working twice as hard as the man next to us because we know now that it is not fair. It is not fair in the workplace, so you make it impossible to fail. And like Hillary, it might not work.
But like Hillary, you can still be an inspiration and get important things done. Do not let this defeat you—let this enrage you! Let it motivate you! Let this be the fire you didn’t have before. If you are an immigrant, if you are a person of color, if you are LGBTQ+, if you are a woman—don’t be afraid, be loud!
Read the entirety of Lawrence’s essay—in which she urges all Americans to turn anger and fear into hope—here.