Language and Voice in the Election Aftermath

My friend and fellow writer Dre Ryan sent out this beautiful letter after the election, and it’s too good not to share. It’s a reminder that writers and artists have an important role going forward. We have a voice that can make this world a better place.

Hello Friends and colleagues,

I wanted to reach out in the aftermath of the assaultive, violating, repudiating result of the election and say I’m thinking of you, your families, your reactions and our shared experience as we begin to navigate this new reality. 

As artists and writers I think our role going forward is clearer and more urgent than ever. We are not merely in the entertainment industry where our thoughts, ideas and voices are meaningless fodder for mindless consumption. We help shape meaning and culture in our country and the world. Our voices and our language matters. Our projects and endeavors matter. We are not rendered powerless or worthless despite the caustic, dangerous rhetoric and vehement intolerance imposed on us. We have power and responsibility. We have language. We have our creative voices. We have the stories that remind us all of our values and who we are and who we want to be. We have agency and political clout through our work. It is essential that we understand and not lose sight of our responsibility to be an impactful, positive force for good in the world for others. You’re already doing that. Thank you.

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