I cannot imagine the weight of responsibility that you feel as you accept this monumental position. I am sure that there is a sobriety in what the future holds, even for someone like you.
I have to be honest with you; respect has not been an easy choice for me. Your words and your past behaviors have offended me, disgusted me, and caused strong anger to rise up in me. However, I will choose respect not because you are worthy of my respect but because I am a respectable person. You will not dictate the type of person I will choose to be.
Though you carelessly spew words of hate and homogeneity, I will not allow my heart to hate you and I will not allow my mouth to curse you. I will even attempt to remove myself from the judgment seat.
With that being said, I am sorry for the tremendous attack you have received from the public. I am sorry that every single thing you’ve ever done out of arrogance or selfishness has been constantly thrown in your face while any possible good in your heart is criticized and falsified.
I do not believe that you are damned…completely void of any ability to do the next right thing. I do not blame you for the hate and injustice that has long existed and remains in our nation. However, I do believe that you have one of the greatest opportunities in the history of our country, and to not take that opportunity would be to your shame. It is an opportunity to be humble and to lead with wisdom, valuing the humanity of both the supporters and the haters.
I pray that your response is humility and our nation’s response is love, regardless of the other. May we all reflect on and listen to the words of Martin Luther King Jr. and be inspired for tomorrow. The choice has always been ours and it cannot be taken away.
Today, what will you choose?
“Through nonviolent resistance we shall be able to oppose the unjust system and at the same time love the perpetrators of that system. We must work passionately and unrelentingly for full stature as citizens, but may it never be said, my friends, that to gain it we used the inferior methods of falsehood, malice, hate, and violence.”
“A Tough Mind and a Tender Heart” Strength to Love