Macklemore Writes Open Letter to Daughter in Wake of Trump’s Presidential Win
As poll numbers showed Donald Trump was elected president last night, most of hip-hop sat watching distraught —Macklemore included. The politically vocal rapper was so bothered by Mr. Trump being deemed as the 45th president of the U.S. that he decided to pen an open letter to his daughter via Instagram in an effort to provide a sense of hope at time when many felt all optimism was lost.
"I am disappointed, shocked and shaken at my core by what has transpired tonight," he wrote as the caption for a photo of his 1-year-old daughter Sloane sleeping. "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."
Like many, Macklemore, born Ben Haggerty, sat in shock watching Trump's victory. The "Downtown" rapper struggled to comprehend the election that is now behind us before realizing that he could do his part by instilling his beliefs in his daughter moving forward.
"I don't have control over Donald Trump becoming president," Macklemore wrote. "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," Haggerty posted before concluding, "Donald Trump is not raising my daughter. I am."
Check out more of hip-hop's reaction to Trump's win below.
Hip-Hop Reacts to Donald Trump Getting Elected President