I am scared… I am scared and heartbroken… Everything I care about is about to fall apart.
I went into this election night feeling certain about the outcome. This was the first time I could vote, so I felt very excited and privileged. I normally like to keep this blog very positive, but I feel like this is something I have to put out there, because I can’t be the only one who feels this way.
I’m scared for kids everywhere. So many kids grow up wanting to become the president of the United States. So many children look up to the president. What will become of them when they learn their president is a bully, a sexist and a racist?
I’m scared for their parents. How will they explain to their kids that even though one of the candidates was not only qualified, but also ready to fight for women’s rights and for being treated equally no matter what you look like or what you believe, she still lost to a man who intimidates people and scolds on Twitter?
I’m scared for our world’s future. How can we fight climate change when we have a president who thinks global warming is a hoax perpetrated by China?
I’m scared for African American families. How can they feel safe, how can we stop gun violence when we have a president who was not only endorsed by the NRA, but stated the Paris attack would have had less losses if everyone was wearing a gun?
I’m scared of the men who voted for Trump. They still voted for him, even though he said horrible things to women all over the world. Why shouldn’t they be allowed to harass or grope a woman when their president did the same thing and got away with it?
I’m scared for people of color and LGBTQ+-communities. How will they ever feel like they belong, like they’re a part of an amazing country that values them, when half of the American people support a man who believes the exact opposite?
I’m scared for myself and all American women. Will we ever get payed as much as men for doing the exact same work? Will they take away our right to get an abortion? Will they take away women’s healthcare? Will we be able to have affordable healthcare altogether?
I’m scared for our future. I’m heartbroken so many people agree with and voted for a person who stands for all the above.
I have so many questions, but what I do know is that despite all of this, our strength remains in our kindness towards each other. It remains in our desire to do good and to create good things.
“You may shoot me with your words, you may cut me with your eyes, you may kill me with your hatefulness, but still, like air, I’ll rise.” – Maya Angelou