November 9th was traumatic. Knowing that our country's leader openly advocated sexism, racism, and classism made my stomach churn and my eyes well up with tears. I tried to go into work but ended up leaving an hour and a half into my shift. I was tearing up constantly until I just broke out, full on sobbing. I cried for myself, a queer Woman of Color. I cried for my Mexican friends back home, worried for their little siblings and families. I cried for all my friends, many of whom are LGBTQIA+, women, and/or People of Color. I cried for my own family, my Muslim friends, every little kid who is going to grow up with a president who values hatred.
My campus hosted a flag burning, which I attended and photographed. (Texas v. Johnson ultimately granted citizens the right to burn the flag, so yes, it is legal). We chanted, marched, sang along to Black artists, and shouted about why we will never accept Trump as our President.
Though I am an upper-middle class woman who is currently pursuing higher education at an elite private school, I feel as though America has done little for me. Our country was founded on and continues to thrive on oppressive systems like racism and sexism. I don't know the kind of future I see for America, but I know that the way our country operates is not sustainable. We are on the edge of revolutionary change. Trump's followers value sentiments that have been ingrained in our nation from the beginning. Racism is not new. Sexism is not new. Islamophobia, homophobia and transphobia are not new.
What Trump's victory says about the mindset of our country is terrifying. Rural areas that are predominantly white, as well as white women in general, represent the key demographics of voters who put Trump in office. These groups are not, and cannot be, representative of the dozens of marginalized groups who will now be negatively affected by uneducated bigots.
I am an American, but first I am a Black and Asian woman. What has America done to actively protect me and people who look like me?