Let Us Be Heard

After reading conversations on facebook all day I’ve got a lot of thoughts.. so here goes.

Whether or not you believe Trump was the right choice – it needs to be known that people are crying. People are afraid. People feel devalued. People feel unheard.

I stayed up last night on a video chat with people. I watched them cry for hours as I and others there cried too. Sobbing at certain points. Looking at how many people voted for this man. My friends are terrified to go to school. Terrified to wear their Hijabs. Terrified to walk in public with their significant others. Do you know how many times I heard in the past day “I guess I’m staying in the closet for another 4 years.” Suicide notes have shown up online from several different communities, especially the LGBTQ+ community.

Because to many of us, it told us they didn’t care. They didn’t care about those of us who were sexually assaulted. They didn’t care about those of us who were women. They didn’t care about those of us who were in the LGBTQ+ community. They didn’t care for people of color. They didn’t care for anyone who wasn’t a Christian. This is how many of us see it. Whether or not that’s how it is, we can disagree, but it can’t be changed that many of us see it that way.

Because we said something. We spoke up and said hey, we are terrified for our LIVES.

People are afraid for their rights and for their lives. Trump holds the presidency while Republicans hold the rest of the government. So how much will he actually be stopped when he makes a stupid idea? After Brexit the hate crimes spiked over 41% as a result of that vote. People are terrified that will happen again here in the US. Sociology has told us that Trump’s mentality and the one he encourages in his supporters, is the mentality for race-based hate crimes.

So while we were worried that hate crimes would rise, that rights would be taken away, and the chance of putting more rapists behind bars would lower… We spoke up. And we weren’t heard. Because we said, hey, we’re scared for our lives, and everyone else said hey, that’s okay we care about other things more.

You can absolutely disagree and say we have no justified reason to fear for our lives – but know that right now, a large portion of people are fearing for their lives…and that alone is scary. People shouldn’t be afraid for their lives when a new president get’s elected. Maybe that’s naive, but I believe something here is wrong. What that is and why that is, we can have our opinions on. But something is wrong and we need to have empathy and understanding.

Please don’t write this off as people being bad sports.Please don’t ignore or write off people’s outrage and fear. We aren’t just upset – we’re scared. This country needs a lot of things right now. We need prayer, we need empathy, we need understanding, and we need unity.

Bethany

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