Inspired by the post-it notes popping up along New York City subway walls and underground connections, our English department took over a space in the Lair (our student union building, and Chik-Fil-A hotspot) to encourage students to write their own messages, words of strength, hope, and affirmation in the wake of this election week.
“We are here for you in whatever way you need.”
People stepped up and came together in the best ways, offering supplies (a table cloth!) (a poster!) (candy!) as well as their company and presence. Thank you.
“Un BESO, un abrazo, olo que sea que necesites. SI SE PUEDE.”
“FIGHT FOR WHAT’S YOURS!”
“You DESERVE to be here and have a voice. You aren’t ever alone.”
It’s tempting to trivialize or sentimentalize small actions of love or resistance. We like to claim that either they don’t matter in the grand scheme of the universe, or that somehow one post-it note will be the snowflake that causes the branch to fall—pat ourselves on the back, our work here is done!
“Love everyone, race, gender, sexual orientation. And this world would be a better place to live in.”
“People care about you.”
“We All Belong Here!”
“AMOR y PAZ.”