Breathe Again

President-elect Joe Biden, his wife Jill Biden, and members of the Biden family, along with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, her husband Doug Emhoff stand on stage Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)


Presenting: Madam Vice President-elect, Kamala D. Harris and President-elect Joseph R. Biden! Kamala Harris is the first Black, Indian-American and female person to EVER to be elected VP. Joe Biden is the first presidential candidate to receive more than 74 million votes. He is also the oldest president-elect at the age of 77.

It is evident that not everyone is celebrating this historic win. For some in our country (and abroad) this leadership shift is traumatic, painful and possibly met with suspicion. I appreciate what my cousin (in my head) Dave Chappelle said during his monologue last night on Saturday Night Live about “being a humble winner.”  Dave also painted a picture of what white folk, police officers and those who may feel disenfranchised by the election results may be dealing with and provided some advice in a way that only Dave Chappelle can get away with:

“…Here’s the difference between me and you: You guys hate each other for that [feelings of anguish, pain, like no one cares, ingratitude, etc.] , and I don’t hate anybody; I just hate that feeling. That’s what I fight through. That’s what I suggest you fight through. You got to find a way to live your life. You got to find a way to forgive each other. You got to find a way to find joy in your existence in spite of that feeling, and if you can’t do that…[a special Dave Chappelle invitation for some “lessons.” Said another way, you need to learn from Black Folk how to survive and thrive in the face of oppression].”

There is just so much that can be said about the 2020 election cycle…I am not going to do that now. We have experienced enough. Instead, I am going to share my reflections that I posted yesterday on Instagram. As usual, I have about 5000 questions for us to ponder as we think about how to move forward. Take some time with the questions and I welcome you to share other reflective prompts with me that you feel might help us to begin to address the external and internal barriers to liberation.

BTW, if you happen to find my musings useful or just plain witty, feel free to forward this email accordingly!

Here’s to Love, Justice and Liberation!

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