I’ve been trying to figure out how to put into words how I’ve been feeling these last couple of days. I didn’t want to be angry or still devastated when I wrote this, so I waited for the right words to come. And I’m still waiting.
I’m writing this not to cause conflict or to make people angry. I’m writing this because I’m still trying to process what happened on Tuesday night.
When I realized Trump was going to win, I cried. When I woke up the next morning, the first thing I felt was fear and uncertainty. When I saw someone say that “Mexicans are the lowest scum of the Earth” and similar things on social media, I was angry, and then I was just sad.
But we can’t be sad and angry forever. We have to keep moving forward. It’s up to us now to be there for one another and to support each other.
I’ve been seeing a lot of things saying that certain groups of people are overreacting. Everyone’s feelings are valid. Everyone. If someone is upset or angry, do not tell them that they are not allowed to be, they are. If someone wants to protest, they are not a “sore loser,” they are using their right to peacefully protest.
If someone says they are a Republican or voted third party, don’t attack them for it. When someone says they voted for Trump, try to be the bigger person and walk away without saying anything offensive (unless they’re being ignorant about it, then by all means, defend yourself).
What isn’t excusable is saying that Mexicans and Muslims don’t belong here. What isn’t acceptable is saying that black lives don’t matter. What is terrifying is seeing men on social media saying they’re going to go around grabbing women just because they can. Racism, misogyny, or bigotry in any form is not okay.
I woke up on Wednesday to a country very much divided by the election results. It’s brought out the worst and best in people. A lot of people are hurting right now, and many are questioning why. If you are in the group that’s questioning why, you’re lucky because you have the privilege of not being too affected by Tuesday’s decision.
I was hurting on Wednesday because I had never felt so let down. I could barely get out of bed; I couldn’t see the point in doing anything that day. I felt like I had a target on my back because I was a Hispanic woman. I felt pain for everyone else who also felt that they too were being targeted.
I was also disappointed because since the new president-elect doesn’t believe in climate change, so the environment is going to take a big hit from that. And this is something that will affect everyone, regardless if you believe in global warming or not (because it is very real).
Now I’m just more determined for there to be change. It’s up to us now. I don’t care what party you’re affiliated with; I don’t care what your race, sexual orientation or gender is, I am here for you. If you want to talk, I’m willing to listen.
If you are a person of color, a woman, a Muslim, part of the LGBTQ community, someone with a mental illness, or basically anyone who feels threatened more than ever, I will stand with you and I will defend you (even if you are a complete stranger).
This is bigger than who our president-elect is. This is about changing the hateful atmosphere in the U.S. right now. This is about becoming better people and teaching each other to accept our differences.
And to those who are ignorant enough to display blatant racism, open your eyes. The U.S. is a melting pot. Always has been and always will be. It’s time you accepted it.