If you want a little positivity, keep your head down

Words of encouragement are being scrawled in chalk on the Twin City’s sidewalks and driveways.

“The day after the election I was feeling very upset,” Rev. Ashley Horan, a Unitarian Universalist clergywoman, tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “I knew how afraid and hurting everybody was in my community, which is full of queer folks and black and brown folks and immigrants. I needed to do something.”

And so she, and some other churches, handed out chalk and sent members out to do good work, which has spread around the country thanks to the #neighborhoodlovenotes hastag on Twitter.

  • MrE85

    Thanks, kids. You’re why we keep fighting for a better world. Sometimes we need to be reminded of what is really important.

  • Aaron

    I live a half a block away from the Hiawatha Leadership Academy school in South Minneapolis, and they had the same sort of positive messages chalked on their sidewalks. Great to see during a hard week for the community.

  • Will

    Imagine if this same story was run after Hillary won, just more evidence of confirmation bias.

    • You see the irony in your comment, right?

      • Will

        Yes, I have bias… everyone does, I’m willing to admit it… your turn.

        • I’m curious about your assertion that it is a CONFIRMATION bias. How do you see that being that?

          Perhaps you mean it in a religious sense in which as expression of love for another person and a welcoming attitude is an affirmation of one’s religious — or at least moral or spiritual — beliefs. I suppose it could be that.

          “You are lovely to me”
          “The light in me honors the light in you”
          “You are loved”

          We’re arguing over those thoughts and beliefs now are we?

          • rallysocks

            Oh, yes! There is a movement afoot who refers to such things as ‘the p*ssifying of America.”

    • Bob Sinclair

      You can go with the “what ifs” all you want but it doesn’t change a thing. This is the reality we live in now. So why don’t you accept that some folks feel the need to be positive in the face of what they perceive as a nation turning toward a more negative side.

    • Ben

      My family and I passed a group of people with similar signs near Lake Calhoun this past weekend. One of my kids asked, “Why are they doing that?” I was a little flustered with the question and was asking myself “What do you mean, why are they doing that??!?!” I answered, not so wisely, “We don’t always have to have a reason for everything we do.” I think a better answer would have been to ask them how they feel when someone tells them they are beautiful or valued. It’s a good feeling. Can’t we just take somethings at face value and leave it at that?

      • Will

        No, it creates a narrative the media is pushing…look at SNL…that opening was all about the election results tied to an actual death. Sometimes it needs to be pointed out.

    • Rob

      Dude, the messages would not have been necessary after a Hillary victory, ans so would not have materialized.

    • Jerry

      You always seem to be playing Devil’s Advocate and the problem with that is that sometimes it requires you to take really stupid positions. Now is one of those times.

  • Anna

    There was a brief posting of a story on MSN about a woman who made an election sign that read thusly,

    Make America Kind Again

    The story is on the Huffington Post.

    She is actually producing the signs and selling them on Etsy. She started selling them in October and is now putting the slogan on tote bags and car decals.

    Kindness never hurt anyone, insulted anyone or scared anyone.

    Way to go Minnesota! They didn’t nickname us “Minnesota Nice” for nothing.