18-year-old student at the University of Arkansas. Journalism student. Dog lover!
"I stayed up late last night after going to an election watch party on campus. I never post on here anymore but this is terrifying. I actually cried before I went to bed because I was so shocked that a country could elect Donald Trump as if he were just another republican candidate. He's not. There were so many better options for the republican nominee. I am scared for my Muslim friends. I am scared for my Hispanic and Latino friends. I am scared for the LGBTQ+ community. I am scared for women. And I am scared for every other minority he has talked so low of. So regardless of who you voted for, please try to be nice to someone today. There are a lot of people hurting and everyone could use a hug."
I posted that on Facebook and Instagram the morning after the election. After the initial shock of the election, I feel a little better. I understand that I am not alone in my frustration. There are millions of people around the world who are just as upset and scared as me. That provided me a little comfort. I know I am not fighting this battle alone.
After reading many dismissive posts from people I went to high school with, it made me sad. They didn’t understand the importance this election would have on so many minorities. Not from what Donald Trump would do, but from what his extreme supporters would do. After seeing people say “We felt the same way when Obama was elected” and “Tweeting isn’t going to fix anything”, I knew they didn’t understand. They never would.
This election brought out a scary side in a lot people. Supporting a candidate who has insulted African-Americans, Hispanics and Latinos, Muslims, women, LGBTQ+, veterans, the disabled, and more was unbelievable to me. This isn’t even about comparing him to Hillary Clinton. If you just look at Donald Trump as he is, this should have been unacceptable from the start. Would you want someone who said these things as the principal of your child’s school? Your doctor? Your FRIEND? So why is everyone ok with this coming from a “politician”? We can’t change the fact that he will be the President for the next four years, but we can change what happens AFTER - by empowering and supporting each other, and not standing for anyone being disrespected. We must nip this kind of harmful behavior in the bud before we all become desensitized to it.