Editor’s note: I once had a couple of million regular readers, but I sense those numbers are down by a few hundred thousand, thanks in part to my recent stream of politically charged material. I just can’t seem to help myself, so I’ve decided to seek some outside assistance. Today begins a new occasional series called Voices, in which Americans express their feelings in the wake of the presidential election and what many perceive to be a drastic change in course for America, and not for the better. First up is my daughter, Rebekah.
By REBEKAH RAY
It is 3 a.m. and I’m weeping. Weeping.
Weeping because we just elected a man who is a mysoginist and sexual predator (will my daughter be safe in a world led by such a man?)
Weeping because we just elected a man who spouts nothing but hateful rhetoric. (hate breeds hate, how do we remain hopeful in this time of despair?)
Weeping because we just elected a bully. (will my son, who has a disability, now be bullied more?)
Weeping because we just elected a man who endorses segregation and deportation. (shouldn’t we celebrate our alikeness more than our differences?)
Weeping for my Gay, Hispanic, Black, and Muslim friends. (will your basic human rights be stripped away?)
Weeping for America. (you are more racist, sexist, hateful and homophobic than I thought, and that is a very frightening and sad thing.)
I am so angry, full of grief, heartbroken, terrified.
I am crushed.
This is a scary time to be alive.Would you like to add your words to the Voices series? My contact information is available under the About Me link at the top of this page.