I keep seeing posts telling people to get over this election, to stop whining because they lost. I see friends commenting saying that its not a big deal. People are sharing videos telling everyone who doesn’t like Donald Trump to just accept the fact that they lost. I’m hearing people compare the heartache of Trump’s opposition to the disappointment Romney supporters felt after the 2012 elections.
What you don’t understand is that a lot of us have cried ourselves to sleep the past few nights. We’re not crying because we’re sad that we lost. We’re crying because we are afraid.
We’re afraid because the reason we opposed this man so strongly is because he stands against everything some of us believe in. We’re not just scared of what he will do with his Presidential power, we are scared about the fact that he has support. We are afraid that the strides that this wonderful country has made towards equality might be taken away. We are afraid that our friends may be attacked, or sent out of the country because they have a different skin color. We are afraid that the men in this country might follow the example of their leader. We are scared that they will start treating women as objects who are valued only for their looks, rather than intellectual equals who deserve respect. We are afraid that the religious freedom that makes our country so wonderful might disappear. We are worried that violence will be encouraged, that respect and kindness will vanish, and that hate will become normal. It may not seem logical to you, but we are worried that the promises this man has made will come true.
We are not just worried about Donald Trump being in office for four years, we are terrified to see that the majority of our country supports these ideals.
Please prove us wrong.
I have had conversations with many of you. I have asked you to explain how you could vote for a man who does not respect my rights. I have told you about the men who have already felt they have a right to my body, or told me that being intelligent is unattractive. I have talked to you about how I am scared that this will get worse. I have shared stories of the racism I have seen, of the misogyny I have experienced, and of the intolerance I have watched. You have told me that you don’t condone these things. You have told me that this is not what you voted for.
Show me and show everyone like me. Show us that you hear us. Show us that even if you voted for Donald Trump, you don’t support the things he has said and done. Show us that you even if you agree with his policies, you won’t tolerate the way he treats people. Show us that you’re with us.
He will be our president. This is our reality. Many of you are feeling happy, but so many of us are feeling heartbroken. Please stop telling us to stop caring. Please stop telling us that we are irrational for believing the messages of his campaign. Please stop minimizing our feelings. Please, even if you cannot relate… try to understand.
Some of us feel abandoned. Many of us feel hated and disrespected. A lot of us are fearful.
If you voted for Donald Trump in spite of all that we see he stands for, say so. If it tore you apart to pick what you thought was the lesser of two evils, tell us. Tell us that we don’t need to worry, not because it’s not a big deal… but because you’re going to stop it. Tell us that you’re going to fight against him when he is wrong. Tell us that you won’t stand behind him when he attacks us.
Please take a stand with us.
Please, please, please…
Help us. We need you to show us that we are wrong.