This is why this election was a big deal.

Were I live, actual, for-real rural america, we have teenagers who kill themselves after coming out. Teachers do not openly protect or defend them. I live in a place were you can be raised by an abusive, addictive parent and DHS just doesn’t feel like dealing with you, even if you beg for help. Here, the church will give you free food.

Look up our last local teen suicide. Look up the one before that.

I live this every fucking day. Do you know what these kids are seeing right now?

We very clearly had TWO options in this election.

This morning, people I personally know, lost all hope of EVER getting the chance to come out during high school/ever. You know why? Because all they can see right now, the only physical thing within their reach, is that we let Donald Trump become our president.

The allies you talk about, THEY DONT FUCKING LIVE HERE.

I live in a place where if you don’t stand for the pledge, your grades will be affected and then your job will be affected.

The people who had the power to stop this, you staid complacent. Congratulations, you made today a very different and dangerous place for the rest of us.

Today, OUR president thinks it is okay if my daughter is raped and sexually assaulted. This is my country. There is nothing I can do. All I could do was vote, I did, and we lost.

I don’t give a fuck about your blue projected future maps. RIGHT NOW,  THIS SECOND, YOUR president represents you. Pussy grabbing and all. The things that mattered, the things our president stands for, the real things, like how we treat each other and love each other, we, as a mother fucking country, just voted for fucking Donal Trump.

 

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3 Responses to This is why this election was a big deal.

  1. I do not blame those that voted for a 3rd candidate. Unfortunately, that’s just one of the downsides of living in a democracy. There will always be someone we don’t support taking votes away from someone that we do. I voted for Hillary, but even if those third party votes could have swayed the election for her, the shear number of people in this country that voted explicitly or implicitly for a fear-mongering, opportunistic, misogynistic bigot would still be just as horrific a realization. I honestly thought that we were better than this.

    I should have seen this coming, but I didn’t. Or, at the very least, I didn’t believe it to be possible. My race and social status has shielded me from the harsher realities that are being faced in this country. I am surround myself with the like-minded, and in turn this probably blinded me. It was all too easy for me to look at Trump’s supporters as a vocal minority. Yes I acknowledge that we have our flaws as a society, and some rather deep, yet I also believed that we were collectively making progress…but now that reality has been shattered.

    As I will be probably never know the suffering of marginalized peoples, I will probably never fully understand it…regardless of my sympathies. As such, I can not offer any words of condolence, or optimism, or encouragement without them just seeming hollow. I stand with you, but I am not you. My pain in comparison is but a shadow. All that I can truly say is this: I am more than mortified, I am ashamed. Especially in myself. I could have done more to fight back against this ..and for that I am so very sorry.

    I will try to do better, to be better, more aware, of and for everyone.

  2. Yosaphbridge (Ada Lee) says:

    Thnk you for writing this. You’re so right. My two best friends are gay and it was so hard for them to come out in our smallish town. And that was before this election!

    As I watched all the states that turned red on google election map last night all I could think was that every single one was saying that everything I’ve experienced at the hands of a few bad men is ok. It’s ok to cornered in the middle of a group project in science class by two guys and have them grab my “pussy” and tell me I like it. It’s ok for my boss to ask me to turn around b/c I “have a nice ass and legs.” It’s ok for men to stare at me like a piece of meat. The fucking president of The tucked ng United States does it too!!! And the fact that we KNOW he does it was not enough to make people not vite for him. I am so heartbroken for my two best friends who just want to be themselves and love who they love without judgement. I can’t even fathom what minority groups must be feeling. How scared they are. And white dudes going around talking about how interesting this has all been. Excuse me, I think the word you’re looking for is TERRIFYING

  3. Yosaphbridge (Ada Lee) says:

    Editing is clearly not my strong suit. I’m just so mad and live in a sea of Trump supporters. I feel like I have so few people to turn to. All my female support system voted Trump and there was nothing I could do about it. I feel so betrayed. How can they not understand what they were voting for?

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