In the days following Donald Trump’s election into presidential office, his supporters have increased their intimidation tactics, making an already unfriendly environment for minorities even worse.
Now, young people are more concerned than before with what will happen to their friends and family.
Parents have been sharing the worries of their children as they react to the news of Trump’s approaching presidency. Being afraid of deportation, getting attacked, having a wall built, and going to war are just a handful of these concerns that parents have shared on social media.
My kids are scared! The world is in shambles!#TrumpProtest— Denice Tinnon (@DeebugDt) November 10, 2016
My kids are freaked we elected Trump. Son said "I'm scared he'll do something bad, start a war." Daughter, "how'd we elect a racist sexist?"— Christopher Titus (@TitusNation) November 10, 2016
My 8 year old sister woke me up to tell me "I'm a little scared to be a girl because trump isn't very nice to ladies"— c-lest (@thisgirlceleste) November 9, 2016
Little kids know
On Twitter, a teacher posted a letter written by one of his seventh grade students in which she discussed how she is scared of living as a woman of color during Trump’s presidency. The student explained how she feels “unsafe” now, whereas before she didn’t feel such a degree of intimidation.
In the letter, the Latina student wrote, “I’m extremely scared being a woman of color that the president of the country that I was born and live in, is making me feel unsafe when I don’t usually feel unsafe [sic].”
She continued, “[It’s] even scarier that this man who is now the president of the United States of America has said such rude, ignorant, and disrespectful things about women and all different types of people and is now in charge of our country. I want to feel safe in my country, but I no longer can feel safe.”
For those who think the public is being too dramatic in reaction to the threat of hate crimes, reading this letter written by a junior high student certainly captures the reality of worries which young people are facing today. Unfortunately, the country has reached such a low point of instability that youngsters fear for their safety while doing the most banal activities.
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