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Trump’s election: a Muslim artist registering her emotions.

My current illustrations express the turbulent first days after Trump was elected President.


The Day Before

Anxious. I gather the courage to surrender. Waiting to breathe a sigh of relief tomorrow.
Anxious. I gather the courage to surrender. Waiting to breathe a sigh of relief tomorrow.

 

The Day After

2

 

Reassuring my kids

Who won? They ask when they wake up. I smile. I hug them. I tell them not to worry. Will we have to leave America? They ask.
Who won? They ask when they wake up. I smile. I hug them. I tell them not to worry. Will we have to leave America? They ask.

Expansion

At the grocery store, an older lady tells me my hijab is beautiful. Her kind words expand my constricted heart.
At the grocery store, an older lady tells me my hijab is beautiful. Her kind words expand my constricted heart.

 

Finding Strength Together

5

 

Conflicted

Resentment is not me. I struggle to release it and increase my compassion and understanding. I fail. I try again.
Resentment is not me. I struggle to release it and increase my compassion and understanding. I fail. I try again.

 

Ready for Action

With my spiritual lens in focus, I prepare for the hurdles ahead.
With my spiritual lens in focus, I prepare for the hurdles ahead.

 

Resolve

Refusal to go backward is how I intend to move forward.
Refusal to go backward is how I intend to move forward.

 

Organize

Locally, nationally…there's much to be done.
Locally, nationally…there’s much to be done.

 

My America 

Let the healing begin.
Let the healing begin.

 

by Kulsum Tasnif


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