It has been almost two full days since the gross results of the Presidential election were announced and I have been struggling for the words to adequately express how I feel. Yesterday, one of my fellow bloggers wrote a beautiful letter to Secretary Hillary Clinton, so now I think it is time I address the rest of the nation.
To those of you who chose to use your Constitutional right, to fulfill your civic responsibility by voting for Donald Trump, for a third-Party candidate, or for a write-in candidate such as Harambe or Hennessy:
I only have one thing to say to you. How could you? How could you selfishly exclaim to the entire world that taxes or government overreach or guns are more important that actual (clap) human (clap) lives (clap)?
To every other one of my fellow Americans — to my female-identifying sisters, people of color, Muslims, immigrants, Latinx people, LGBTQ+ people, and differently-abled people:
I am sorry.
I am sorry that our President Elect is a man who has openly and violently attacked you. I am sorry that we live in a climate in which fear-mongering rhetoric about sexual assault, misogyny, racism, xenophobia, deportation, incarceration, and flat-out hate has taken over. I am sorry that almost half of our nation’s voters ignored this divisive language and still managed to elect Donald Trump, the anti-PC champion. I am sorry that the majority of white women voted for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton. But above all, I am sorry that I could not do more to prevent this atrocity.
I am writing this to say that, as a self-identified female, I know that I am in risk. However, I know that I am nowhere near as at-risk as my non-white counterparts. I am nowhere near as at-risk as my queer counterparts. I am nowhere near as at risk as my Trans*-identifying counterparts. Yes, I am pissed off beyond measure. Yes, I am scared for my future safety under our new President Elect. However, I know that the fears that I feel and the reality that I must face is nowhere near that of yours.
Please, just know that I stand with you. I will do anything and everything in my power, using my privilege, to protect your rights as Americans, regardless of your intersecting identities. To protect your rights as fellow human beings. This will be a long, hard four years, but I will be fighting that entire time to ensure that ALL people in our borders are allowed the chance to hold and enjoy full and equal rights.
I am distraught and angry that this is the outcome of the 2016 Presidential Election. However, I know that, in order for a true democracy to succeed, the outcome must be accepted. But, that does not mean by any stretch of the imagination, that I have to like it; that I have to stay Facebook friends with people who are racist, xenophobic, sexist, and who now think they have an open license to spew hate; that I have to sit back and allow for hateful rhetoric to continue, or worse evolve into hateful actions.
I will not stand for the hate toward those who identify differently than the norm (the hetero cis white affluent male), but I will stand with those who are now being hated for their difference.
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