Today is the 78th anniversary of Kristallnacht. This photo was taken today, in Philadelphia. pic.twitter.com/wgZ725CiMa
— Shana Knizhnik (@shanakn) November 9, 2016
Heading into last night, it seemed incomprehensible that Clinton would win by the close margin all the polls predicted. There was no doubt in my mind that a landslide of voters would come out to cast their ballots against someone so inflammatory, ignorant, inexperienced, and hateful.
I sat there last night and watched the numbers roll in with absolute horror.
“He’s going to win.” I texted a friend in disbelief, “He’s going to fucking WIN.”
And he did.
I don’t know what this means for Americans, but I have heard from so many American women, people of colour, people who support women’s rights, those with disabled children and immigrant family members. They’re all terrified. My heart goes out to you and I don’t think it’s hyperbole to say that this is the most worried I’ve felt about my safety and security as a Canadian and a North American.
It’s hard to understate the harmful effects of a Trump presidency, especially in conjunction with a Republican-controlled senate, house of representatives and supreme court. That hasn’t happened since 1928.
I’m terrified too. I’m terrified about what this means for our country as your closest neighbour and I’m also terrified for those living in America who now feel unwelcome in their own country. I’m also angry about who let this happen.
My 17 yo cousin on her way to school. A group of white girl’s from her class tell her “shouldn’t you sit in the back of the bus today?”
— Zoraida (@zlikeinzorro) November 9, 2016
It wasn’t working classes voters who did this (the majority of those who earn under $50k a year voted for Clinton), it was white voters. Look at the numbers:
- Over 58% of white people voted for Donald Trump
- Non-white voters voted 74% for Clinton and 21% for Trump.
- White men opted 63% for Trump and 31% for Clinton
- White women voted 53% for Trump and 43% for Clinton.
You think racism isn’t real? Present? Working its hardest to limit the opportunities and lives of minorities? 58% of white voters just voted to elect the most openly racist and bigoted candidate in modern history.
After the Brexit vote, hate crimes soared. Don’t let this happen in the US. Please look out for and support those who have now lost their voice. Silence makes you complicit.
Instead, take action. Here’s what you can do:
- Click HERE to donate to Planned Parenthood, which will almost certainly be defunded.
- Click HERE to donate to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) which will continue to work to protect the basic freedoms of every American citizen, not only those who fit Trump’s version of America.
- Support your friends, neighbours, and strangers who may bear the brunt of a Trump presidency. Become a vocal and visible ally.
- Extend support and compassion to those Trump has targeted, let them know that his America isn’t your America. Do something kind for those who now feel like they’ve been told quite clearly that they aren’t welcome in their own country.
- Support well-researched journalism. Now more than ever, journalists need your support to continue telling the important stories. Click these links to donate or subscribe to The Guardian, The New York Times, or the Washington Post. This will costs you less than your morning latte and will ensure that Trump’s presidency is covered with the intelligence and critical eye it desperately needs.
- Be kind. Be loud. Support the causes you believe in and continue denouncing the racism, misogyny, and xenophobia which is sure to flourish in the wake of these results.
- If you have other suggestions , please leave them in the comments.