I am waking up this morning feeling like I am on a different planet, in a different time. I’m afraid to turn on the news or look at twitter because I don’t want to be reassured that what I know happened actually did. That's because Donald Trump the former host of The Apprentice and owner of a Beauty Pageant has become our President.
This election has allowed all the hatred in our country to come spilling out of the cracks. All the ignorant, bigot, racist, womanizing people in our country. It has told them that it’s okay to be a racist, it’s okay to hate people and for those of us that were fighting for love and inclusion and equal rights as it states in our constitution this is a huge blow.
A dear past employee of mine had a man in New Orleans Louisiana tell her that he had hoped Trump would win so that he could make concentration camps and send all her people there. She is from Nigeria and African American, she is also one of the hardest working and beautiful souls that I have ever met. It appalls me to hear people in our country speaking to others in such a terrible way. ( I would like to know who has children and supports this kind of talk? )
These are the kinds of things that many people in our country still believe. Yes, we may not have segregation but the people that believed in it are still alive and they have been teaching their children for the last 50 years that people that are different don’t deserve to be there. This is what we need to change in our country. A country that was started by people escaping unfairness and abuse by their own government. We haven’t come very far from killing Native Americans if you ask me.
Our children our mourning. My nephew this morning cried when he was told that Hillary wasn’t elected. Afraid that Trump would send his friends away; his black, Muslim and Asian friends that share seats around him in school. He cried and sobbed and didn’t understand how adults could elect such a mean person, a person that is a bully. He’s 8 years old. Yet he knows bullies aren’t supposed to get away with being mean to people, yet one just did.
There was a huge reason most Trump supporters were secretive about who they would vote for. Most of them didn’t want to be labeled as racists, bigots or idiots. The logic behind this is really quite interesting. Think about why people lie for instance. Most people hide things or make something up when they know that what they did or how they feel is bad, wrong or unsatisfactory. If you stole something, called someone a name, cheated on your spouse you might lie because telling the truth would make people think you were bad, and why; because you are doing something bad. The people that didn’t come out in support of Trump but ended up voting for him also feel this way. Some of them might have struggled between supporting a liar or supporting a bully and in the end they went with the bully. The cool kid. The one on the playground that is bigger, badder and meaner, while the smarter less cool kid gets put in the corner and blamed for all the things the bully did. This is our society; we haven’t come very far.
Trump is the epitome of our new age of the selfie where social media and the look at me mentality has taken over our attention. Trump is one of the most self-absorbed, self-boasting people in our society, and for the same reasons reality TV is popular so is he. Not only do we all want to look at him, but he feeds off anyone and everyone looking at him and giving him attention. He will take support from anyone that likes him. Racists, the KKK, even foreign governments that are undermining our own security.
I don’t know how all of this translates into our new government. I fear that women like myself will lose all their rights. I will no longer be able to get birth control, equal pay or equal rights. I fear for our children and our countries minorities. I have no idea what setbacks non-profits and our environment will have but I fear they will be vast.
I hope that Trump isn’t what we fear, but I do know that we have to keep fighting for ourselves, our children and our world. President Obama is asking me and others that feel we are lost not to get cynical and to stay encouraged, to continue to fight for what we know is right. To be kind, to be inclusive, to protect our earth, to not exploit our people, our resources or our children. People wanted change, but I don’t think they realized what that came with, but for know I am hoping for the best.