There’s been no shortage of inspiring signs at the multiple post-election protests against Trump over the past week. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, members of the LGBTQ community, immigrants, and people with disabilities have all taken to the streets to show the rest of the country and the world that they have no intentions of bowing down to fear or giving up on the fight for equal rights.
While many of the signs these protesters carry express understandable anger, there are also many examples of signs seeking to instill a sense of hope in others disappointed by the election’s outcome. These kinds of messages are helpful motivators for Hillary Clinton supporters feeling hopeless after Nov. 8.
As Clinton herself said during her concession speech, “This loss hurts, but please never stop believing that fighting for what's right is worth it. It is, it is worth it. And so we need you to keep up these fights now and for the rest of your lives.” Easier said than done, but if the woman who actually lost the election can find the strength to move forward, surely her supporters can, too.
Take a look at six examples of inspiring signs spotted at various recent protests:
1. If He Builds A Wall...
This young boy's sign went viral after several photographs of him participating in the Nov. 12 anti-Trump protest in Los Angeles popped up on social media. His pledge to dismantle the new president-elect's fear-driven wall is a reminder that the future is still full of promise.
2. You Can't Silence Progress
Clinton may have lost, but the message she supported has not been buried.
3. These Lyrics Are On Point
If you're dissatisfied with what's happening in America, don't wait for someone else to be the hero — start taking action yourself.
4. For Everyone Who Insists Supporting Trump Is Not Endorsing Bigotry
This Desmond Tutu quote perfectly explains why those who enabled a Trump win despite being against his discriminatory rhetoric and campaign promises, such as those who chose to write in candidates on Election Day, should consider a different path going forward.
5. If You're Comfortable With My Oppression...
All of the signs displayed in this tweet are powerful, but the first one is particularly poignant. Its message is similar to Desmond Tutu's quote above, but this protester forces others to confront the reality by directly asking if they are content with letting him suffer.
6. I Will Not Live In Fear
These signs by a young Muslim woman and a gender-bending protester standing up to hate are deeply moving.
These six signs make it clear that the movement for social justice is far from over.