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Read Macklemore’s Inspiring Message Following The U.S. Election

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Following the shocking outcome of last night’s US presidential election, rapper Macklemore took to Instagram to share his thoughts on the incoming president and what new leadership by Donald Trump will mean for him and his family.

As a vocal Hillary Clinton supporter, Macklemore was devastated, like many others, to see the results confirm that the former Secretary of State would not be the first female president of the United States. In his lengthy Instagram post, Macklemore, real name Ben Haggerty, writes that what he thought was going to be a night of celebration spent in front of the TV with his family quickly turned into a ‘growing pit’ in his stomach.

The Seattle native, who recently performed as part of Toronto’s WE Day and released his documentary MTV documentary Prescription For Change: Ending America’s Opioid Crisis, which featured an interview with President Obama, took to social media to voice his feelings over the election.

As Donald Trump’s win became evident, Macklemore wrote that he put his young daughter to bed with a growing concern over what her future will look like. But, as Macklemore writes to his 3.7 million followers, his focus now is on what he can control. “I remember. Remember what I have control over and what I don’t. I don’t have control over Donald Trump becoming president. That has been decided. But what I do have control over is where I go from here.”

Macklemore writes that what’s important now is for parents to take the lead in teaching their children how to be kind to others. “I will teach my daughter to love. All people, regardless of the color of their skin, gender, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or where their birth certificate says they’re from. I will teach her how important it is to be an advocate for humanity. Not just the portion of humanity that benefits her. I will teach her non violent communication. That in the face of hatred we must love each other even harder. Not give in. Not get discouraged or feel like our progress in the past is void. Keeping fighting for all of us, with an emphasis on those that and have been the most affected by systemic oppression. I will teach her that when she is silent during moments of injustice, she is siding with the oppressor. I will teach her that walls divide people, and by their nature cannot bring us closer. And that just because someone holds the most powerful position in the world, does not make that person right, just or fair. Donald Trump is not raising my daughter. I am.”

Writing that he hopes to be able to instill in his daughter the knowledge that she too can one day become the present United States, Macklemore ends his emotional and poignant post by taking ownership of enacting the change he wants to see in the world. “I have work to do. It starts now. And that work is the only thing bringing me peace at the moment.”

I am disappointed, shocked and shaken at my core by what has transpired tonight. I gathered around the TV with my family and loved ones, ready to celebrate history being made. My daughter had this little blue dress on. I was ready to pop the Martinelli’s and hold her, watching Hilary Clinton become the first female president of the United States of America. But…It didn’t happen. I had a sick feeling in my gut, riddled with anxiety as the polls started coming in. After hours of a growing pit in my stomach, it was over. I left the TV, grabbed my daughter and took her to bed. But now, as I’m laying next to my her as she sleeps, I remember. Remember what I have control over and what I don’t. I don’t have control over Donald Trump becoming president. That has been decided. But what I do have control over is where I go from here. I will teach my daughter to love. All people, regardless of the color of their skin, gender, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or where their birth certificate says they’re from. I will teach her how important it is to be an advocate for humanity. Not just the portion of humanity that benefits her. I will teach her non violent communication. That in the face of hatred we must love each other even harder. Not give in. Not get discouraged or feel like our progress in the past is void. Keeping fighting for all of us, with an emphasis on those that and have been the most affected by systemic oppression. I will teach her that when she is silent during moments of injustice, she is siding with the oppressor. I will teach her that walls divide people, and by their nature cannot bring us closer. And that just because someone holds the most powerful position in the world, does not make that person right, just or fair. Donald Trump is not raising my daughter. I am. I get to encourage and nurture her to be who she wants to be. Teach her that her voice and actions can change the world. Teach her that she can do anything that a man can do. And one day, even become president of the United States of America. I have work to do. It starts now. And that work is the only thing bringing me peace at the moment

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