I think we can all agree that this presidential election has been the epitome of an emotional train wreck.
If you’ve read my previous post, you’d know that I’m a Clinton supporter. My entire family is. The night of the final results was a devastating blow, but it didn’t hit me just how divided America truly is until the hate crimes started to occur.
It’s one thing to not understand others that are different from you, whether physically or in beliefs, but to assault others and threaten their lives is uncalled for. There are incidents that have taken place across the United States. Incidents that have included the desecration of religious monuments, assaults on Muslim women, threats against Hispanics from their own coworkers, and countless others.
I have never been so terrified of being a female Asian immigrant in my entire life. I never thought of it as something that could possibly put myself in jeopardy. I had never seen myself as different. Until now.
But I refuse to let that affect me negatively.
Being different is good. And I hope anyone who is currently feeling the same fears and facing the same uncertainties as I do, will not be ashamed or afraid to live their lives fearlessly despite the perils that may lie ahead.
It’s not the results that upset me the most, but how this country keeps repeating the same old pattern.
One step forward, two steps back.
America elected its first African American president in 2009.
Seven years later this same country decided to have a white supremacist as its president, who also happens to be racist and sexist.
Gandhi once said, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
I plan to do just that.
Everyday to the best of my ability, no matter what may come.
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
~ Eleanor Roosevelt