Election Day came and went, and many Americans continue to be disappointed with the outcome. Still trying to cope with the final results and accept that Donald Trump is President-elect, Jennifer Lawrence penned an open letter for Vice’s Broadly on Thursday in response to his victory.
“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,” she begins. “This country was founded on immigration and today the only people that feel safe, that their rights are recognized and respected are white men.”
Expressing that she wants to be positive, the Oscar winner continues by writing that people shouldn’t blame anyone, shouldn’t riot and instead “think strongly and clearly about what to do next because we cannot change the past.”
She encourages people who are worried about the planet to research and do everything they can to protect it. She tells everyone to love their neighbor more than ever and if they’re worried about a wall being built to 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,” the 26-year-old adds. “I don’t know what I would tell my daughter if I were you. Except to have hope. To work for the future.”
Understanding that the present isn’t what we thought it would be, she writes that people shouldn’t be afraid, but instead be loud.
“Do not let this defeat you—let this enrage you! Let it motivate you! Let this be the fire you didn’t have before,” she concludes. “If you are an immigrant, if you are a person of color, if you are LGBTQ+, if you are a woman—don’t be afraid, be loud!”
Read her full letter here.