Samantha Bee and American White Women Voters

“Sixty-three percent of white men said, ‘If I can’t be in charge, burn it down!’ which surprised exactly no one. And a majority of white women faced with the historic choice between the first female president and a vial of weaponized testosterone said, ‘I’ll take Option B. I just don’t like her.’ Oh, hope you got your stickers, ladies. Way to lean out.”- Samantha Bee via The WasPosthington 

53% said yes to Mr.45. I want to crawl under a rock every time I read that and cry in shame.

San Jose State Campus, Attack on Muslim Student

San Jose State University campus police are investigating a reported attack on a Muslim student in a parking garage Wednesday.

Sophomore psychology major Esra Altun was standing next to her car Wednesday when she says a male attacker grabbed her headscarf from behind and violently pulled it back, making it hard to breathe.

‘Muslim Student Attacked an San Jose State University’ – KQED News

I’m not foolish enough to act as though this did not happen before Mr. 45’s election but the impunity to attack in the middle of broad daylight suggests and arrogance and support of knowing the newly elected president supports such actions.

Harlem by Langston Hughes

Should you want to know where the quote comes from:

‘Harlem’ by Langston Hughes

What happens to a dream deferred?

      Does it dry up
      like a raisin in the sun?
      Or fester like a sore—
      And then run?
      Does it stink like rotten meat?
      Or crust and sugar over—
      like a syrupy sweet?
      Maybe it just sags
      like a heavy load.
      Or does it explode?

Safety Pins

There’s now a burgeoning effort in the United States for people to start wearing the safety pin stateside in the face of post-election attacks and harassment. Having to adopt a symbol of anti-violence and anti-bigotry is not exactly what any of us thought we’d be doing in the wake of a presidential election taking place in 2016, but it could be one small way to signal that you’re an ally (regardless of who you voted for) to someone who probably didn’t think they’d be in this vitriolic and volatile situation either.

‘A small way to show solidarity after Donald Trump’s presidential win, inspired by Brexit’  -Alex Abad-Santos at Vox

Lindy West

Today doesn’t feel real. It is indistinguishable from fresh, close grief. But if there’s one lesson we can take from Mrs. Clinton, politics aside — and even Donald Trump acknowledged it in the second debate — it’s the limitlessness of human endurance. Those of us who have been left in the cold by this apparent affirmation of a white supremacist patriarchy (and sorry, white women who voted for Mr. Trump, but your shelter is illusory) are tough.

We have been weathering this hurricane wall of doubt and violence for so long, and now, more crystalline than ever, we have an enemy and a mandate. We have the smirking apotheosis of our oppression sliming, paw-first, toward our genitals. We have the popular vote. We have proof, in exit polls, that white women will pawn their humanity for the safety of white supremacy. We have abortion pills to stockpile and neighbors to protect and children to teach. We have the right woman to find. We have local elections in a year.

The fact that we lost doesn’t make us wrong; the fact that they don’t believe in us doesn’t make us disappear.

-Lindy West

‘Her Loss’ – Lindy West