The Day After

It’s the day after the election.

I could never have predicted this outcome in a million years. My brain is having trouble processing the fact that I will soon have to say “President Trump.” A shudder went through my whole body just writing that.

Like Obama said- the sun did rise this morning. I still had to go to school, but as I was sitting in the library earlier doing physics homework, my brain would not focus on the paper in front of me. I couldn’t stop thinking about what someone had said in class earlier.

“This is going to be hilarious. We’re going to have a stand up comedian for President for the next four years.”

I turned around to see who said it- a white man, of course. It made sense though, because nothing about Trump is funny to people of color or women.

Sure it was funny when he was just a candidate, but the closer he got to the White House, the more I stopped smiling.

Everywhere I look online, I see people calling this the scariest election ever- that this is the most afraid anyone has been in this country.

As a white man, my classmate didn’t understand the terrifying prospects that people like me face. As a woman, many terrors come to mind. Like the fact that Roe v. Wade could potentially get appealed. I’m young, so the only time I’ve known is when women are respected enough to decide what to do with their bodies. When I imagine a world where that choice is taken away, I don’t picture America. I picture a dictatorship.

As a person of color, I am acutely aware of how attitudes have shifted towards immigrants. I was born in the US. This is my home. But now Trump is validating the idea that America belongs to the white man through his racist rhetoric.

So, no. I don’t find Trump funny. I also don’t plan to sit by and watch America sink. I have no idea what to expect from him, but I can only hope he doesn’t follow through with his few campaign promises.

If he does though, don’t be afraid to stand up and demand better. I’ll be right by your side.

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4 thoughts on “The Day After

  1. I came across this and sent it to my family. You may appreciate it too. Stay strong!
    “No matter how dark things seem, it’s important to remember that this is just a phase. This is just one moment in time. The next four years will be difficult, but it’s imperative not to give in to doomsaying.
    If you are angry about what’s just happened, good. Take the time to experience those emotions and work through them. Do not let that fear and anger take over. Do not allow yourself to close down to the world around you, feeling as though nothing matters. Take those feelings of anger, that fear, the desire to improve your community and country and harness it. Use it to get out and volunteer. Support movements like Black Lives Matter and LGBT rights. Support organizations like Planned Parenthood. Actively strive to improve your nation and make it a safe, welcoming place for everyone.
    I’m not saying that Donald getting elected isn’t a big deal. It is. It shows that racism, sexism, and bigotry still have this nation in a stranglehold. But we need to recognize that and come together to make the world a better place, not close down or give in to the hate.
    In the words of one of the finest women to set foot in the White House, they go low, we go high”
    -Ben Newman

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  2. Well written Raveen. It is scary, but we have to digest it, and move on….we won’t allow this to keep us down, rather, this should make us stand firm and stand tall – find a cause that works to better society and not fall for all of the hate this person has spewed.

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