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  • Eichel Davis

The Only Thing I Will Write About The 2016 Election

This will be the one and only thing I write about the 2016 United States Presidential Election.

I know many of my friends are celebrating. I know you all are happy. And I’ve known most of you long enough to not take total offense to it. But I want all of you to understand something. And what I am about to say is not make anyone feel guilty over voting for Donald Trump. We live in the greatest country in the world. It's our principal right to vote for who we want.

You see, many of you voted based purely on policies. And that is completely fine. You voted for more jobs and higher wages. You voted for virtues. You voted for education, for wealth, for a future. Some of you voted for ideals, and morals.

Some voted as a joke. Others voted out of fear and anger toward generalized people, which is a costly combination.

But for whatever you voted for, know this. Many of us, have to think about another facet of our lives when we cast our ballots. You see, minorities aren’t afforded such privileges as voting without discrimination on our minds. We aren't awarded the right to cast our ballots based on policy and politics alone.

We have to stop and think...does this person judge me based on something I cannot change? And more importantly, is he facillating and validating certain people who see me as lesser?

Many Americans don't have to ask this question, but a huge minority due. Whether based on race, or country of origin, or gender, or sexual orientations, some of us are genuinely scared not only of Donald Trump, but of the people that supported him based on racist, bigoted, sexist, and homophobic agendas.

And none of this should make anyone feel bad about voting for him. But you have to understand where some of us are coming from. It's the burden of a minority, and we don't ask for much.

But we do ask for empathy.

We demand it.

And while its going to take more than a few speeches to undue 17 months of (whatever that crap was), I hope Donald Trump proves us wrong. I hope that all the rhetoric he failed to shut down, all the terrible folks he failed denounce, all the tainted endorsements he failed to resend, are not a true testament of the man we’re going to swear in as our 45th president.

I hope he’s a good president. I really do. Because the other option, especially for many of us, is truly and uttering terrifying.


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