I'm trying to be empathic. I'm trying to understand. But I'm seeing stories, friends. Things that have happened today. A Trump supporter pulled a knife on a Muslim college student. A Muslim bodega owner was held down by several men while another spray-painted "Terrorist" across his body. An Indian child asked if she could bleach her skin and become white. A Latinx teenager was told by her classmates, "Shouldn't you sit at the back of the bus now?" A woman in South Philly found "Trump Rules" and "Black bitch" spray painted across her car. A clerk was told by a customer, "Leave the country before you get killed. We don't gotta deal with no f*ggots anymore." A softball dugout in New York was spray painted with a swastika and the words "Make America white again." Nazi flags are going up over homes. And the responses these stories are getting from some people? "I can't wait to deport you all." "Liberals make up hate crimes." "Lmao."
I'm trying to be empathic. I'm trying to understand. But it's been less than 24 hours since the election was called and all I am is scared. I'm a white, able-bodied, heterosexual cis girl who doesn't subscribe to a particular religion. I have armor. But there are millions of people watching these stories crop up, wondering when they're going to be next. Wondering when it's going to get worse.
I'm running thin on empathy. Less than 24 hours and all I understand is that millions of people in this country were willing to vote FOR hate or DESPITE it.
And I'm afraid.
If you're scared, if you need to talk, I'm here for you. Email me. DM me. I am here for you. I care about you. You MATTER to me.