I accept the results. I respect the electoral process. And I absolutely LOVE America. I hope that, as President, Trump will do right for ALL of America: that includes women, people of color, and immigrants. I hope that he will prove the majority of the world wrong by being a good person.
BUT, I feel the need to express my fear, that I believe is rational.
I was afraid to make this public, and I was afraid of the backlash I would get, but I felt the need to make this known. As a woman, as a minority, and as a person who has worked hard her entire life to prove to people that she belongs where she is, I can’t step away from fearing how I will be treated when strangers see me on the street. If you are lucky enough to walk out of your house without fear of being attacked (physically or not), then embrace that luck. But if you are like me, and if you are fearful of being who you are, I want you to know that you are not alone.
To all of those who are saying that we need to stop complaining about the results, we are not complaining about the results as much as we are complaining about the world that we live in.
We fear racism, sexism, xenophobia, abuse, bigotry, hate, etc. For anyone who thinks that these aren’t things that we should fear, please open your eyes. I applaud you if you don’t contribute to these fears. But if you brush these fears off as if they weren’t there, I’m afraid to say that you are a part of the problem, and I can only hope that you change your ways and help bring us into a better world.
I am truly happy for you if you’re lucky enough to be able to walk the streets without fear that someone would confront you (verbally or physically) just because of the way that you look or just because of who you are. But if you’re one of these lucky people, I ask that you use this luck to help bring to light our fears and insecurities and/or help us find a way to rise above it.
I ask that you please do not belittle our rational fears by telling us to grow up.
Because if you choose this rhetoric, I would like to respectfully retaliate by saying: please open your eyes to our realities, and please show us some compassion. That, my friends, is all I ask.