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This is not a political post.
I am not going to say a word about the candidates’ platforms or political ideas. This is going to be brief, but important.
Regardless of how you feel about Trump, his victory highlights the continued disrespect—and even contempt—for other human beings in this country. He represents racism, misogyny, and the belief that certain groups of people are privileged to threaten the wellbeing of others.
Even if you do not believe that, please understand that many people do.
Many, myself included, feel that we have seen the worst side of America—the side still harboring hatred. I am afraid of what that means moving forward with my life in this country.
Many people are heartbroken, and many people are afraid.
Here’s what I’m asking: Respond with kindness. Remind marginalized Americans that there are people in this country (and in the world) who empathize.
No matter who you voted for or what this election represents to you, please understand that to many, it represents disillusionment. Understand that people are continuing their lives with fear in their hearts, terrified that this country’s progress has been a facade.
Don’t let that be true.