Last night I went to sleep confident that America’s future was much brighter than its past. When I woke up there was a feeling of despair and hopelessness in the pit of my stomach. I feel this for everyone who doesn’t look and acts like me.
How must a woman feel when she realizes that the man who holds the highest office in the free world speaks about walking around and grabbing a woman’s crotch?
How must a Hispanic feel that the President of the United States believes that Mexicans who are trying to better their lives by coming to America are rapists?
How must a black person feel that someone who took out a full-page ad in the New York Times destroying the lives of 5 black young men, accusing them of rape without any actual knowledge of what really happened is now able to pardon anyone he pleases? (DNA evidence proved him and the court system wrong.)
How must a person of Muslim faith be feeling right now? The leader of the free world has publicly stated, on record, that he wants to ban all Muslims from entering the country.
How must a person of the LGBT community feel when the person with the most power in America says he hasn’t even thought about equal rights for their community? It hadn’t even been a thought in his mind in 2016!
America has always been a corrupt country. It has always been a racist country. The United States has always been a misogynistic country. Our country was built on the backs of brown and black people. That has been our history, though. That was not our future. Our future was one built of hope and acceptance. Intolerance and discrimination were at the very least socially unacceptable.
That is my issue with this election. Americans have now formally told our citizens and the world that racism, misogyny, and bigotry is socially acceptable. This is not about politics. This is about the message that we as Americans have sent to our children and the people of the world. This isn’t a message I am comfortable with.