As I watch the coverage of the 2016 Presidential Election on CNN, I am shocked. I am utterly shocked.
I, like many people in my bubble of the country in New York, assumed this race wouldn’t even be close, let alone favoring Donald Trump. President Donald Trump, let’s think about that for a second. I was first exposed to Trump like many people in NY from his hotels and his businesses and the always hilarious coverage of his hairpieces. I was later of course reintroduced to him as a loud mouth reality TV star – a D rate celebrity at best. And then there was his run for election. I thought it was a joke we all thought it was a joke, but then he won as the Republican nominee. Even then it was still just a joke to me. No way could a racist, classist, sexist, homophobic bigot win the highest position in the greatest nation in the world.
It was all a joke, until it wasn’t.
His “appeal” to the African American vote was probably one of the last straws for me
You’re living in poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58% of your youth is unemployed — what the hell do you have to lose?
I laughed out loud at this one. Being a middle class, educated, homeowner I was disgusted by the suggestion that we should vote him into office because we had hit rock bottom and had nothing left to lose.
So as I sit here and watch him win state after state I do not see things the way the Republican correspondents do. I do not see a vote for Trump as a vote for change or a rebellion against government, I see it as the admission of an overwhelmingly large amount of Americans, to racism, sexism and bigotry.
I am terrified…
I am terrified for my BLACK son, and my BLACK daughter.
I am terrified for my friends that have yet to have children and will have to face the same decisions I did about whether to bond with their child or borrow from their retirement because we live in a country that has no mandated paid maternity leave.
I am terrified that I will have to continue getting paid less than my male counterparts for the same work.
I am terrified for women that may no longer have the choice to decide what happens to their own bodies.
I am terrified for my family members that once dreamed of becoming American citizens and those already living here.
I am terrified of our enemies both home and abroad that are surely laughing at our ignorance and plotting to exploit our weaknesses.
I am terrified for the future of our school systems.
I am terrified for the future of our health care system.
I am terrified of guns on our streets.
I am TERRIFIED.
No, this isn’t a call for a united America, or a call to “Make American Great Again,” this is a call for a move to a racially divided, intolerant cesspool of hatred, war and anarchy.
God bless America…
This was initially written at 1:57am on 11/9/16 .