Wednesday, 9 November 2016

I Stand With You

I Stand With You

I want to talk about people. People who voted for a rapist. People who voted for a bigot. People who voted for someone xenophobic. People who voted for someone sexist. People who, in voting for this person, must have liked what he said. People who feel the same way.

I am white, and I am very much aware of the privilege that comes with my skin colour. I simply cannot imagine how people of colour are feeling right now, but my heart has broken for them. I am ashamed right now to be grouped with these people. I am a woman who has been sexually assaulted, and I feel shut up, ignored, and like I don't matter.

I am terrified of what the world is coming to, of the people in it. Of the people who have these views. Of the racist, sexist, bigoted majority. Of the people who would rather see a racist, sexist, bigot in a position of power than they would a woman. If Hilary Clinton had been a man, would the results of the election have been the same?

It's 2016. We're supposed to be a more accepting, a more open world. But we're not. It feels like we've gone back in time, and I'm terribly, terribly afraid of what this means for our future.

This isn't a world I want to live in, where people view anyone who isn't a white man of no import, as a threat to their screwed up ideals. But there are so many of them, so many, and I don't know what to do. I despair at this world and the people in it.

But I want to say that I stand with you. Whatever your ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, I stand with you. I am holding your hand right now, and I stand with you. I stand with you in fear and anguish. I stand with you in despair and loss of hope.

The world is a dark and scary place right now. But we're in this shit together, and I stand with you.

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