I cried and cried and cried and never got back to sleep that night.
The next morning kiddo got up and asked who won and we told her. She was stunned and said "who votes for a child molester?" My heart hurts for her that this is her future being messed with. My heart hurts for early sexual abuse victims and the slap in the face it is. My heart hurts for every non-white person out there and for every woman.
A friend of mine that adopted a beautiful "brown girl" (partially hispanic) posted that her daughter was full of anxiety over it, scared she'd be send to Mexico.
I posted on facebook that I was sad reading that. Shortly thereafter, I found out two mothers of other "brown children" (AA" had similar stories to share)
You'd think people would be supportive.
WOW!! Just Wow!!
I've been torn up ever since. The bad thing was not only about election results, but about finding out people in my circle don't see a problem with this?!
I was accused of calling people racist because I said no child should have to worry about being ripped from their families because of racism and hatred.
Any sane person realizes that the only people I referred to as racist are the ones making these comments. Anybody that thinks they're called a racist either misread because it's against their guy or has a guilty conscience.
However, when a child has somebody walk up to them and said "I hope Trump wins so you'll be sent back to Africa with the rest of the N***", yeah, I call that racism and hatred.
When a child thinks they're being deported because of the color of their skin, yeah, that's racism and hatred.
I call racists racist.
It offends me that I was heartbroken over a friends personal situation and the response wasn't of comfort, but to slam me, to slam that family, etc.
We have a personal responsibility to be a light in a dark world.
Blaming the mother or family for the child's fear is counterproductive. It's not the family putting this fear in our kids. Yeah, it's up to us to pick up the pieces, but anybody dealing with anxiety issues knows it's more complicated than the mom saying "it's okay" and moving on.
Add trauma, PTSD and other things to mix, it's a long journey and alot of people will need time to heal from this.
The number of sexual abuse victims that were triggered by things Trump said on TV, the memories, the PTSD, in addition to those real fears because of things said.
Why isn't it obvious that the appearance for a lot of people is that this bullying is the new norm?
People were quoting laws to support why these fears were silly, instead of looking at what was said during the campaign. Yes, we have laws that protect adopted children. However, Trump did say he disagreed with the anchor baby law, the perception of the 14th amendment and the entire immigrant situation.
If he wants to overturn the 14th amendment, naturally many of our adopted children are going to be fearful. Most of the kids that have been adopted have limited, if any, knowledge of their history. Anytime a question was asked during his speeches, he evaded the answers. How would anybody know if there were exceptions if he doesn't clarify. Of course our children are scared. I'm scared too. I do believe that there is no way that part would get overturned and these beautiful babies are going NOWHERE, but I'm scared of the hatred and fear that this has generated. I'm scared of my childs future. I'm scared of the message this is sending to the world.
I wonder if the result of the election would be different if everybody had kept an open mind and actually LISTENED to the journey instead of deciding who to vote for based on party.
Why do I think many didn't listen?
Well, partially because of the result and I like to think that most people are better than the hatred and racism we're seeing.
However, another reason is the number of people that claimed they voted for Trump because they're a Christian.
Most because of the abortion issue ONLY. The thing is Trump has always been pro-choice until he decided to run. I guess it's possible he changed his mind before running, but I think it's very unlikely. I think he put that as part of his platform to win only.
What the heck? You voted Trump because you're a Christian?
Does not compute. (and don't even get me started on how offensive I find it that several have said if you're a Christian, you would have voted for Trump, don't even pretend you know what others hearts are like)
As a friends son said.....