An Open Letter To Kids Inheriting Bigoted America

Be honest. Keep it 100. Let’s just be real. Trump won. No credentials having. No policies ever enacted. Zero foreign advocacy possessing. No political experience in the billionaire bank, Donald Drumpf. Nothing we can do about it, so this is the reality we must all live in. It’s a terrible feeling on so many levels, but we cannot not walk around dejected and downtrodden. We must rise above every aspect of this farce. We must be strong for the kids because they will have questions and they will be coming to you for answers.

Trump ran an unapologetic, hate, and violence-filled campaign on the foundation of fear and white supremacy that worked like a douchy charm. As soon as dude threw his hat in the ring he started spewing obscenities without a shred of evidence or merit. He started off by saying Obama wasn’t an American, despite the fact that he was born here. He demanded to see a Birth Certificate and made a circus of an irrelevant “issue” your “average” president would never have had to endure. Of course, Obama being the bigger man, went and offered up his documentation and Trump moved onto his next victims. Trump continued to berate people of all backgrounds. He generalized damn near every minority. He called Mexicans rapists. He made Chicago seem like a war zone in Iraq. He encouraged sexual assault. Acts like global warming are a joke. Would commit incest if it were legal. He predicted his own future in this quote that, while fake, still reflects his campaign and the outcome of those voting against their best interests.

But I have a few things I want to say to the kids out there scared, worried, and filled with uncertainty: First. No matter what, we got you. Yes, we may have let this one slip but there are plenty of checks and balances in place to stop Trump from doing anything too extreme or damning. The most influence he will have is a tarnish on our name and serve as one of the biggest blemishes in presidential history.

Now, some of you may think “Maaaaannnnn you ain’t got shit! You let a scummy bigot take the White House and sat by watching it all go down.” Yes, we did. Which leads me to my next point. We have to let democracy play out, for better or for worse. This is the society we all chose so we must allow the system to do its job. With that being said, we do not have to accept bigotry. In fact, we must stand up to bigotry and systemic racism. We must stand with our brothers and sisters of every cultural background, religion, sexual orientation and affiliation. We must be strong for them or this country will continue to regress and undo all the good from this past decade.

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That leads me to my final word of advice. This one goes for adults and youth alike; You must begin to question and challenge every single moment of intolerant behavior and talk. We have let racist undertones and covert bigotry skate by on thin ice for, far too long. In 2016, that ice shattered while every minority’s livelihood, freedom, and future has plummeted into sub-zero waters and is gasping for air, warmth and the possibility of a nation cornered on acceptance and prosperity for all.

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  • Ja-Quan is a NYC teacher and artist holding a B.A. in Sociology and History from SUNY New Paltz. On his journey to become Hokage, the Lord of The Speed Force and Protector of the Recaps can be found North of The Wall, chopping it up on Twitter @OGquankinobi

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