Being a “feeler” or an empath, is one of the most essential parts of my being. I feel things, often to the point of exhaustion. This can be a blessing and a bit of a curse. So processing the results of this election has definitely been difficult for me. These last few days have been trying, to say the least. I’ve tried disengaging and avoiding social media but I have been largely unsuccessful. How do you look away from a car crash?
I wish that I could say that I’m surprised by the outcome. As someone that is often overwhelmed by “feelings” I like to look for the good in people. However, as a woman, a Latina, and someone that grew up in a very conservative area, I’m not surprised to realize that the majority of the country is backwards as fuck. Racism does not only exist in small pockets and uneducated white hillbillies aren’t the only threat against social justice. Many of my experiences with sexism or racism have come from wealthy, educated, white people. Who is more dangerous: the person that calls you a wet-back or a beaner to your face, or behind your back? The jury is still out on this one. This election had confirmed for me, that the the number of “behind-closed-doors” racists is greater than I initially comprehended.
Radical right-wingers are definitely becoming more emboldened by our new POTUS. Here is a comment that a “Trumpette” left on my friend’s Instagram account, just yesterday.
So we’re already making threats against liberal free speech? This is going to be a long 4-8 years. I’d venture to bet this person didn’t have the same level of respect for President Obama.
Now, more than ever, I fear for the well being of our minorities in this country. I’ve already heard stories of Mexican-American students being told by white classmates that they’re going to be deported. The suicide hotline has been receiving a record number of phone calls, and POC have been threatened at gas stations. While POC have been dealing with these issues issues prior to the first presidency, you cannot deny that there has been a surge in violence against them in the recent months. The Klan feels safer than ever.
I’m begging everyone with privilege and a voice to take a stand against any form of injustice against our marginalized groups. If you see any acts of hate happening around you, intervene in any way that you can. Protect our POC, LGBTQ+, Muslims, disabled, and any other marginalized groups that will feel the adverse effects of this presidency. We have to stand up for them and show them that we love and care them. Understand that the fear these people are experiencing is completely real and valid.
Practice self-care while moving though all of this chaos. If you need an extended period of time to mourn and process then let yourself have it. Don’t beat yourself up for feeling sad or depressed over the outcome of the election.
Your feelings are valid.
You are important.
You are loved.