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Follow Breanna as she runs a nonprofit , figures out life, and just enjoys each moment as it comes her way.
I won’t pretend I know or understand why everyone is feeling the way that they are feeling but I can shine some light on my emotions and perceptions and maybe that will shine some light for others.
I am a biracial, young woman. I am a minority in so many senses and I love it. I embrace who I am but for the first time in my life I have felt afraid to be who I am. This election has brought a sense of uncertainty, fear, and anger in communities everywhere. Parties from both sides have spread hate, pain, and unnecessary viciousness. I cringed at the thought of either of the two major candidate winning the election, but last night I saw a man that has made my heart hurt this entire election cycle win. I watched a man who has belittled ever part of who I am likely become my next president. I have experienced the shift in the nation to a time period that I thought my black community had left behind. I watched half of the nation vote for a man that made me feel defeated. I can understand how some people just doesn’t understand the despair that so many minorities are feeling. So let’s break it down. First, I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT YOU ARE AN AWFUL PERSON IF YOU VOTED FOR TRUMP. I do understand that everyone who voted for him did so because they believed Hillary was worse, which is their right, I respect that opinion. However, after all the things that Trump said, did, and was accused of, it stops looking like people are voting for him because the other candidate is worse, and starts feeling like they are voting with him because they agree. AND BEFORE ANYONE CAN SAY, WORDS ARE BETTER THAN ACTIONS I MUST TELL YOU: I am not condoning Hillary’s actions I agree there are things that has been done that are AWFUL! However, you can’t tell me that words don’t matter. Doing the things, I have done and experiencing the things I have experienced, WORDS HAVE THE ABILITY TO KILL OR CHANGE THE WORLD, and he has been emotionally killing millions this election, emotionally killing ME this election. Now looking at it from this perspective, the idea that it is feeling like supporters are supporting the words and not the concept of him being better than the competitor, I want you to imagine how that must feel. To feel like half of the nation agrees that because I am black I am a worthless criminal, less than my white counterparts, and even more an awful mistake since I am biracial. To feel like half of the nation feels like since I am a woman I dumb and not worth an opinion, or a voice, or have a right to my own body, or that A MAN CAN DO WHATEVER HE WANTS TO ME BECAUSE HE IS MORE POWERFUL. Looking at it from this perspective can you understand how so many are feeling how they are feeling? It is hard to feel like half of the nation is against you.
Now before you totally roast me over the coals let me also say PERCEPTION IS NOT REALITY AND I UNDERSTAND THAT. I understand that just because you voted for Trump doesn’t mean you believe all the things I described. I have wonderful people that I know who voted red this election who are some of the kindest most aspiring humans I know. I have people who have gone out of their way to assure me that their views do not reflect Trumps awful rhetoric. I UNDERSTAND THAT THIS WASN’T AN EASY ELECTION FOR ANYONE. I just simply ask that you are KIND if you do not understand others feelings today and in the coming four years be kind! Choose love! Choose joy! Choose kindness! This election has divided a nation but it will only stay divided if we allow it to be that way. I woke up this morning feeling a little devastated but I refuse to stay that way. I refuse to add to the hate that is happening. I refuse to keep us divided. I will spread the love, but I will also exercise my right to explain how I feel like so many others have been doing, but I will try and do it in a positive way instead of demeaning my opposition.
I hope that today you will choose love and that you will try to look at all of this with an open mind and an open heart. We will never get everyone to agree on what the right choice was so there is no use in arguing anymore over it. America has spoken and we have a winner, but we must also understand that for the 59,319,829 people who voted for the other major party and the almost 6,000,000 people who voted third party, last night wasn’t a victory. We as a nation has to accept that and choose to love both sides of this spectrum, the ones who won and the ones who lost, and then we have to move forward together. Hate can’t do that, so make a real effort to spread the love even for those who don’t share the same views you do.
As always much love being sent to EVERYONE, no matter your party,