Less than 48 hours after Trump was elected, the hate crimes have begun. “It’s Trump’s America now,” they berate. Hijabs are being pulled off women’s heads and white boys and girls are chastising minorities–“Go back to where you came from!” Jihadi leaders, the KKK & Putin support him. So yes, you are xenophobic, misogynistic and racist if you support Trump. And yes, you have taken the side of the oppressor if you abstained from voting or speaking out.
These election results have been a slap in the face of every woman that has ever been sexually assaulted/harassed, every immigrant, every handicapped individual and every LGBTQ individual. My heart aches. On January 20th, I’m going to wake up in a country led by a man that hates the color of my skin. I haven’t forgotten what it felt like going to a close-minded, all-white school in a small town for eight years. I was ostracized because of the color of my skin. The day after September 11th, 2001, one of my best friends at the time asked me if I was a terrorist.
President Obama helped me let go of the resentment I harbored towards the white. He was a beacon of hope. He brought us together. He inherited a mess from George W. Bush and spear-headed a movement for change. (Don’t believe me? Google: Marriage Equality, Dodd-Frank Act, Osama Bin Laden killed, Repealed don’t ask don’t tell, Obama Phone).
“We still must be way better than men to be not quite close enough.”
The electoral college votes on December 19th. We won the popular vote. There is still hope. But if we stay silent, there is no peace on the horizon. There is no “coming together.” Do not forget anything he has said or done. Do not pardon it. I will fight the Trump administration every day for the next 4 years. He is not my president. He will never be my president.