It’s been two days since the world learned Donald Trump would become the 45th President of the United States and in those 48 hours, many of his opponents are still coming to grips with this reality.
While some have taken to social media to voice their displeasure, others have taken to the streets for protests. Jennifer Lawrence shares the same sentiment as many Americans do, but the actress doesn’t want to see people passing blame or rioting.
In a piece titled, “Don’t Be Afraid, Be Loud,” posted on Broadly, Lawrence opens up about the election and what she believes opponents of Trump should do next. Instead of riots, the 26-year-old Oscar winner wants people to come up with plans.
“If you’re worried about the health of our planet, find out everything you can about how to protect it,” she wrote. “If you’re worried about racial violence love your neighbor more than you’ve ever tried to before — no matter what they believe or who they voted for. If you’re afraid of a wall putting us all into another recession then organize and stand against it.”
Lawrence also offered a little advice to the women who feel defeated by Hillary Clinton’s loss. “If you’re a woman and you’re worried that no matter how hard you work or how much you learn, there will always be a glass ceiling, then I don’t really know what to say,” she wrote, telling women not to lose hope. “I don’t know what I would tell my daughter if I were you. Except to have hope. To work for the future.”
For those upset about the election results, Lawrence went on to assure everyone that “we’re all allowed to be sad” but she doesn’t want women to 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.”
Lawrence ended her piece on a positive note, writing, “Do not let this defeat you — let this enrage you! Let it motivate you! Let this be the fire you didn't have before.”
Although Lawrence grew up Republican in a conservative family in Kentucky, she can no longer see herself supporting a party that “doesn’t support women’s basic rights,” she told Rolling Stone in 2015.