I have been trying to gather together the words to somehow convey how earth-shatteringly horrible the results of this election are. It’s been 24 hours since I sat down on my couch and excitedly kept tabs on the polls. It has been 24 hours and I am still trying to find the words.
As a woman, a Jew, a member of the LGBT community, the very foundation of my being is called into question and put in harms way. But I am white. My skin color speaks before my mouth does. I am privileged.
It is the people who lack the same unspoken privilege I am afforded that need our attention: People of color, immigrants, Native Americans, members of the LGBT community, Jews, Muslims, people with disabilities, survivors of sexual assault and other oppressed groups. People who fall into, or even connect with part of, these groups are terrified of what walking outside may bring. Their basic rights and needs have been compromised, their safety is jeopardized, their place in their country is no longer.
The results of this election normalize violence, discrimination, and hatefulness. The results of this election cater only to those who are afforded the luxury of ignorance, to those who can ignore the outcries and tragedies of lives that don’t intersect with theirs. To say that this election brings about progress is disrespectful to those who have dedicated their lives to the very change that this election is going to dissolve. This country is no longer comprised of “We The People”, but instead has morphed overnight into “Us vs. Them”
There has been an outcry of hopelessness among my peers and within my community. We all put our hearts and souls into the message of the Democratic party in this election. We believed, we screamed, we pushed and we fought. And the voices of the privilege overshadowed our cries.
For a beautiful, articulate, thoughtfully composed, rational and levelheaded account of the impact of the election, please check out my dear friend Johanna’s blogpost.
To those who believe that I am overreacting to the results of this election, below are three examples. And keep in mind, it’s been less than 24 hours. And for further insight, please consult Google.
Many of us are left thinking, what now? But the reality of the matter is that there is so much we can do in a world that hands us so little. Our fight is far, far from over.
For those afforded privilege, use your voices to defend those who cannot defend themselves. Start conversation, be an upstander, listen thoughtfully and fight like hell to implement change. Start an awareness campaign. Start an actual campaign. Donate your time, donate your money, donate your voice.
Donate to Planned Parenthood. Donate to the Anti-Defamation League. Donate to the Border Angels. Donate to Campaign Zero. Find a cause you identify with and donate as much time or money as you can. Lend your voice. For more campaigns, click here.
As Hillary Clinton so gracefully said in her concession speech, “This loss hurts, but please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it.”