Jen­nifer Lawrence has penned a mov­ing open let­ter

Kuwait Times - - WEEKENDER -

The 26-year-old ac­tress has urged peo­ple to “be loud” and stand up for what they be­lieve in af­ter con­tro­ver­sial Repub­li­can can­di­date Don­ald Trump beat Demo­cratic nom­i­nee Hil­lary Clin­ton in the race for the White House this week. In the let­ter posted on­line by Vice Mag­a­zine’s Broadly col­umn, the ‘Hunger Games’ star said: “Is this the stark re­al­ity? It doesn’t mat­ter how hard you work or how qual­i­fied you are, at the end of the day, if you’re not a man? Is that what we just learned? This coun­try was founded on im­mi­gra­tion and to­day the only peo­ple that feel safe, that their rights are recog­nised and re­spected are white men. “I want to be pos­i­tive; I want to sup­port our democ­racy, but what can we take away from this? It’s a gen­uine ques­tion that we all need to ask our­selves. We shouldn’t blame any­one; we shouldn’t riot in the streets. We should think strongly and clearly about what to do next be­cause we can­not change the past.” The Os­car win­ner also took the time to speak up for women and eth­nic mi­nori­ties, many of whom felt alien­ated by Trump’s cam­paign. She con­tin­ued: “If you’re wor­ried about the health of our planet, find out ev­ery­thing you can about how to pro­tect it. If you’re wor­ried about ra­cial vi­o­lence love your neigh­bour 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 or­gan­ise and stand against it. “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. I don’t know what I would tell my daugh­ter if I were you. Ex­cept to have hope. To work for the fu­ture.” The ‘Joy’ ac­tress fin­ished her let­ter by re­as­sur­ing read­ers they are “al­lowed to be sad” about the re­sult, and in­sisted they should be “like Hil­lary” and lead by ex­am­ple. She wrote: “We’re all al­lowed to be sad that the present isn’t what we thought it was. But we mustn’t 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. It is not fair in the work­place, so you make it im­pos­si­ble to fail. And like Hil­lary, it might not work. “But like Hil­lary, you can still be an in­spi­ra­tion and get im­por­tant things done. Do not let this de­feat you - let this en­rage you! Let it mo­ti­vate you! Let this be the fire you didn’t have be­fore. If you are an im­mi­grant, if you are a per­son of colour, if you are LGBTQ+, if you are a woman don’t be afraid, be loud!”

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