The Bigger Picture

I am tired of hearing about Donald Trump. I am tired of talking about Donald Trump. But it is in these times of apathy where I believe that I must speak up further.

The election has passed, this | know. He has been elected as president and the United States of America has now become (super cliche but, I love it still) the Divided States of America, and I will scream his name in vain for as long as I have to, to anyone I need to. Because even though I don't live in America personally, I have family that does. Foreigners. Hispanic foreigners. Even though I don't live in America personally, I never in my lifetime want to be a sheep amongst the herd of apathetic humans who will allow a beast like Trump to be in power of a country so influential. It scares me to say but, I feel as if western folk don't quite understand how real it is to have hope for a candidate who thinks outside of the box and have them destroy a country in just under a year. Maybe I'm being overdramatic, but maybe we've gotten too comfortable in thinking that we're not dumb enough to vote in our own demise.

"It's done with, we had to deal with Obama for 8 years, we can deal with Trump for four," knuckleheads say, totally unaware of the trauma they are instilling and supporting. Trauma, can I call it that? Feeling like people around you are no longer looking at you as an equal but rather a foreigner taking their resources. That creates trauma. Young girls and boys of colour fearing their safety in school. That's pretty traumatic. Walking around your city, living life feeling ashamed of your religion. Your skin colour. Your partner, perhaps. Walking around your city feeling unsafe. Because of your religion, skin colour, partner, wardrobe, gender. Walking around a city that you know voted for a rapist, criminal, racist, a supporter of white supremacy.

"The US has witnessed more than 700 incidents of hateful harassment since Donald Trump’s election amid fears anti-Muslim hate crimes are reaching post-9/11 levels," wrote Pete Walker for the Independent on Nov. 22.

"There have been 437 reported acts of verbal and physical harassment recorded by the Southern Poverty Law Center since voters elected Donald Trump president of the United States," wrote Orie Givens for an article on the Advocate on Nov. 17.

"One woman in Colorado told the S.P.L.C. that her twelve-year-old daughter was approached by a boy who said, “Now that Trump is President, I’m going to shoot you and all the blacks I can find," wrote Alexis Okeowo for an article on The New Yorker on Nov. 17.

Supporting Trump is supporting bigotry, I don't care how noble your intentions. They weren't noble. They were racist, selfish and reckless.

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