On the university campus where I work there has been two incidences of violence against Muslims and immigrants plus posters urging people to get them out of our country by alt-right groups. This is a university campus with a very high attendance by East and South Asians as well as Middle Easterners. The flyers specifically say “Trump won” so it’s not like you can try to argue that this has nothing to do with his election.
This may not be a political blog, but it’s hard not to write about the very real concerns I have for being a citizen and a mother in this country. Being a “sore loser” when your candidate doesn’t win is one thing, but watching hate crimes take place and witnessing blatant discrimination and anti-minority propaganda enter the highest reaches of our government is quite another. For our planet it deeply saddens me to see the EPA given over to climate change deniers, and our place as leaders of the Paris Climate Change Accord morph into a position of dissent. It chills me to the core and makes me wonder what life will be for my daughter in the future, both human-rights and environment-wise. Will my grandchildren be welcome in their own country? Will they enjoy the same rights as white, Christian Americans? Will they have access to clean drinking water, clean air, and green spaces? Will they even have a planet to live on?
I pray that all of us who find this unacceptable will successfully boycott, petition, protest, rally, elect, and otherwise use the power of our voices to change the course of history from the one that we are on.