Each day since the presidential election in 2016 I have mourned. Since the inauguration, everyday I feel like I am a stranger in a strange land.
I learned early on to stop saying ‘it can’t get any worse.’ (Hang in there, this post gets better.) Every human right I have worked towards advancing in my 30 years of practice seemed to be crumbling. My furious social worker self calls, writes, tweets, gives money, protests, develops action plans, and supports individuals experiencing the many injustices occurring. This advocacy behavior is not new to me, but the frequency has increased tenfold. I experienced a despondency and burn out my optimism of the past would not allow. I felt hopeless.
Then something changed. As I reflect back, this momentum started with the #blacklivesmatter movement and then continued with the #metoo revelations which in turn hit critical mass from the last school shooting in #Parkland. I began to see America through a strengths based perspective again, and I do mean strength.
(my mother, Karen H. far left)
And then came #metoo
Written By Ellen Belluomini, LCSW
Technology and the Trump Presidency will make Americans Great Again was originally published @ Bridging the Digital Divide in Social Work Practice and has been syndicated with permission.