To the many Trump supporters on my social media feeds who are handling this win with grace, thank you. I know many of you feel like you were attacked throughout this election season. I have seen many complaints that liberals are all hypocrites for calling Republicans intolerant then criticizing you in the wake of the election nonetheless. I am sorry you feel attacked, but please have patience and understanding. Many people feel very scared in the wake of this election. Even if you do not empathize with their fear, it is still very real for many. Donald Trump said many hateful things throughout his campaign, so many people feel their safety or their basic rights may be in jeopardy. While it may be easy for you to dismiss these fears as “over dramatic,” “unfounded,” “dumb millennials,” or “stupid political correctness,” please keep an open mind and an open heart when people voice their fears or their sadness. Even if you yourself have not felt unwelcome or unsafe in the U.S., listen to those who have because this kind of discourse is the foundation of progress and of functional democracy. We will only continue to be a divided nation if we shut out the opinions of all who disagree with us. Certainly both sides are guilty of this; we all naturally seek out opinions that confirm our own, but it is dangerous to do so. We all need to listen to each other to really understand the diversity encompassed in our great country. Our strength as a nation comes from our unity amidst our diversity, whether that be diverse religions, skin colors, genders, incomes, education levels, party affiliations, etc. In order to really make America great again, we must come together, listen to each other sincerely, and work together.
Some of my friends have shared stories of egregious harassment and racism today in the wake of the election. A friend was told to kill herself because she is a Muslim, another was told she needed to move to the back of the bus now that President Trump has arrived. We cannot, any of us, regardless of our political affiliations, standby and let instances like this go by unnoticed. If you see someone being harassed, diffuse the situation. Start talking to the victim until the harasser leaves, show your support, be kind.
It is easy to surround yourself with only like minded people. I am guilty of this, too. It can be frustrating to constantly see things you disagree with, but it is imperative we unite even stronger now moving forward, Republicans and Democrats together, because this election has made the rift in our country even more obvious.