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Got to keep fighting

I've never been so ashamed in my life-- of being American, and especially of being white. I have never been one to endorse the view that the average person is stupid or bad, but with this force of white supremacy swaying the course of the election, I am finding myself reevaluating that belief.

I am so sad. I didn't sleep a wink last night and I've spent the time since then sick to my stomach. I'm in a relatively privileged position, apart from being a woman and my difficulty in getting health insurance I can afford. But I'm terrified of what nonwhite, LGBT, immigrant, disabled, and other marginalized people will suffer. Not to mention the threats to the environment and the possibility of nuclear war, which particularly terrify me.

All I can say is I will keep fighting. History is full of examples of this kind of backlash to progress, of stupid fucking humans visiting violence against their own best interests. But there has still been forward movement. There is still the possibility that we can improve and grow. And laying down arms now will only guarantee that the tyrants and monsters of the world will win.

I don't know how yet. I'm still reeling in shock. But I am going to find some way keep fighting.

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mirrored_echo
Nov. 15th, 2016 10:35 am (UTC)
Thank you.

The average person isn't stupid or bad, just... emotional, easy to mislead, and tends to vote from fear or anger. (My stepmother isn't stupid or bad either, she just has mood swings and hates Clinton, and was afraid of telling me.)

There's a lot of vitriol on both sides. Trump won because he had more support than the polls or the left realized, because openly supporting him meant being openly racist and homophobic. :(

I had been afraid of speaking up for a long because of this, but... this is exactly how democracies elect fascists. It's happened in much of the Middle East. America has never experienced a regime change or something this extreme before, it doesn't mean it's not a big deal.

Both the American left and the American right are very American-centered and not many people talked about foreign policy or the environment in this election.

I don't think LGBT issues should have been the forefront of this election (I'm queer, but would happily give up sex for eight years for the environment or global stability. So should any other white queer person.)

There's a lot to think about, and it's rather overwhelming.
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