When Donald Trump won the election, many parents worried how they would explain this to their children. After all, how could anyone tell their child that a man who mocked a disabled reporter, made lewd remarks about a 10-year-old, proposed banning Muslims from entering the country and constantly talked about building a wall to keep Mexicans out, is going to be their next president?
When Molly Spence Sahebjami’s son reacted to the news by innocently asking, “The mean man won?” she told him that if you talk to mean people, you could ask them to be kinder. With this idea in mind, she suggested he pen a letter to the president-elect and proceeded to launch a Facebook group, “Dear President Trump: Letters From Kids About Kindness,” to promote the initiative.
Unsurprisingly, it went viral.
Soon, people began sharing similar handwritten notes, often covered in colorful block letters and misspelled words, on social media with the hashtag #KidsLettersToTrump.
“This is your role in democracy. It is to express yourself articulately. And try to create connects with people, tell your story personally, and bring people together,” said Sahebjami. “The more we know about each other and understand each other. I think that's a really powerful thing.”
At a time when hate crimes are skyrocketing and the country is more divided by the hour, these children and their letters are a hopeful reminder that not all is lost. We, as a nation, still have hope for a better future.
Find out more in the video above.