We just had an election this week and boy what a night it was! The forces of hate and division were emboldened by the 2016 election, but they were just knocked down, and it couldn’t be more satisfying. Sikh American candidate Ravi Bhalla was targeted with posters tying him to terrorism, but he won the race for mayor in Hoboken, NJ.  Virginia delegate, self-described “chief homophobe” and sharia fear-mongerer Robert Marshall was defeated by the first openly transgender woman to win a legislative seat, Danica Roem. Asian American school board candidates Jerry Shi and Falguni Patel were targeted by racist posters calling for their deportation, but they both won their elections. And we haven’t even told you about all the Arab Americans who ran and won their elections (you can read all about them here). This should be a wakeup call to those who see bigotry as a way to win elections to know that a counter force has awakened. Choosing decency and unity is no longer just a matter of moral principles, it’s actually a matter of electoral success too.

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