I’ve been thinking a lot about the election, because I’m human, because I live in Canada, because it feels good to finally talk about the shock and awe that comes from watching the clusterfuck that is American politics.

When I was about sixteen or so I said that I wasn’t entirely proud to be a Canadian, but I couldn’t exactly convey why. It’s because Canada, like all westernized culture, is devoted to worshipping at the alter of the White man.

I am watching Brave New World right now, and the Epsilon’s have started killing off the Alpha’s. “Beta’s for your pleasure, Epsilon’s for your service…” one of the characters only known as Epsilon says.

As he stares at the blood on his hands, I think to myself…”this is going to happen to our society one day.” People are going to start fighting back, and the more that you tell them not to fight, the more that you tell them to condition themselves to believe they don’t deserve true happiness, the more humanity is going to fight against that ideology.

Humans in general, I do not think, were not born to serve. We were not born to sit on our knees and lift other people up, and some of us have discovered this truth and started to fight against it, but it’s not enough.

I’m not calling for civil war, and I understand that as someone who very much wants to be both famous and wealthy one day, I also want a world where those who have less than I do, have the opportunities they need to have, in order to be healthy, productive, HAPPY, members of society.

There is going to come a day when someone puts the bullets in the gun, and someone else pulls the trigger, and there is no escaping that fact. It’s happened time and time again throughout history.

It’s going to happen eventually, and the only thing that the election of Joseph R. Biden and Kamala Harris has taught me is that this is just a bandaid.

It’s not a perfect solution, having these two people in the White House, but it’s stopped the civil war that would have happened if Trump had won again. I truly believe that White Supremacists would have been out in the streets, shooting anything Brown or Black that moved, all they needed was for Trump to win.

Thank the Gods that he lost, that those carrying the guns didn’t need to bring them out on election night.

I was so certain that Trump was going to win, that I was genuinely afraid to get excited, and then when Joe Biden and Kamala Harris because President and Vice President, I was afraid to celebrate.

Because from the moment my mom told me they had won, my first thought was “thank God…now it’s time to get to work.”

There is so much to do to repair or mitigate some of the damage caused by the evil that Donald Trump allowed to permeate the White House, that I genuinely wonder if four years is going to be enough.

What I do know now though, is that it’s time to put the protesting away, it’s time to stop yelling and screaming, and it’s time to get the fuck to work.

That means focusing our energies on defunding the police and funding community based organizations and groups devoting their time to doing better for the world as a whole.

The system of doing things that we’ve gotten used to, hasn’t worked for the greater good for a very long time. And while I am excited that Kamala Harris is the first woman of color to hold the office of the Vice President, that doesn’t change the fact that she has a lot of work to do to gain my trust.

That may not mean much coming from a Canadian, but I have always held America to a higher standard because it’s the place that I have almost always wanted to live. Whether it was Hawaii or New Orleans, America has always held a special place in my heart.

So I feel confident when I say, that if you want to be someone that I look up to and admire, Madame Vice President, you have to be willing to do the work so that I can respect you.

Promises were made, and I expect those promises to be kept. I expect children to be returned to their parents, I expect parents to be set free, I expect America to make restitution to the families that were destroyed by the separations during the Trump era.

I expect proper medical care for my American neighbors, I expect proper housing, and education. I expect that those suffering from the pandemic to be given access to a world in which they don’t have to suffer forever.

Yes, we celebrated, we cheered, we smiled, and we thanked the Gods, but now it’s time to do the work. Are you ready?

Devon J Hall

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