Today I had hoped to wake up to a world where we had not only elected the first female president, but to a world where we as a nation proved that decency was still the order of the day. Instead I woke up to a world where hate and fear triumphed. I’m not upset that the candidate that I voted for lost, that’s actually minor compared to the bigger issue. I’m sad that I can no longer say to the people that I work with who are here on visas that America stands for justice and equality. I have a 5 year old nephew, who I fear will now grow up in an America where angry mobs rule, which is what happened yesterday. Where people who are handicapped are made fun of; where people that have a different color to their skin are villainized; where women are objectified.
As a nation, we have failed. We have failed to stand for those among us that are different. And while they may be different than me, they were still made in the image of God.
We have failed to learn from history. The irony is not lost on me that the person who sounded a lot like Hitler did won election on the anniversary of the Beer Hall Putsch.
I had hoped to wake up to a world where intellect and decency trumped hate. Unfortunately, I woke up to a world where hate won.