Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Still In Shock

I didn't think this could happen. I didn't think there were so many Americans who would vote for a man who denigrates people of color, LGBT people, disabled people, women, and Jews. I am lucky to teach in a very diverse high school, and the passion of the students about this situation was heartening.

All students wanted to do yesterday was process the election results. They were insightful and respectful.  They cried. They reached out to one another. They demonstrated unity across racial and gender and economic divides. They gave me hope.

I know people want change. I want change, too. But change can be good or bad.

Another ray of positivity: Secretary Clinton won the popular vote. He is only president because of a dated and labyrinthine system. A majority of Americans voted against bigotry. Let us continue to move in that direction.

13 comments:

  1. Daughter was at the rink all day yesterday and had the same experience with her students and their parents which I think was helpful for her. I, on the other hand, sat here alone, in shock which caused me to finally explode on Facebook last night. Let's just say I have far fewer friends today on that particular social media platform but it felt good. Really good. I don't judge my friends by their politics. This election had nothing to do with politics. I judge them for being ignorant, closet racists. If one more privileged white person tells me how much they have suffered from the past eight years of Obama's tenure I am going to go all stabby on someone.

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  2. I agree with you both! I wish it could be said that " the people have spoken." Instead, it is the electoral college that has spoken. Time for many changes. I hunkered down at home yesterday, but must go out and face it today. Peace to you.

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  3. You ALL give me hope. Thank you.

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  4. That and Hillary's amazing speech yesterday fanned the spark of determination in me. And, the protest marches that happened across this amazing land fanned the flames. I am still with her, and with every single person who feels singled out and targeted by the hate mongers. I am with them and I will not be silent. Great post!!

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  5. A heartbreaking night. I was aghast. I'm looking into which charities and organizations I can support to make a difference.

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  6. I seriously hope that his term in office is more constructive and positive than his campaign. And that he is surrounded by well-educated, well-intentioned and competent staff and advisors. Hugs!!

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  7. I so agree with you. We all want change for the better, not to put us back in the dark ages. One of the medical foster moms I work with voted for that man, I said to her that I was not responsible for millions losing healthcare, the issues that will be worse for the climate, racism or what will happen to women's rights and those of any gender or belief system. She told me she wasn't responsible either, but she is and I told her that because that is who she voted for. Maybe not the most professional day of my life but it had to be said.

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  8. We the fortunate must remember the poor and those in need. We can make a difference in our little numbers to continue the generosity that our people have shown time and time again as Americans. We wont' just give that up

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  9. It was a sad day for our country indeed. Glad you were there for your students. Bless you.

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  10. I work with third graders, among them a Muslim and a couple of children with Mexican born parents. So much fear, we had a sit down talk, then I played them a bit of Trump's acceptance speech, which was reasonable., then I had them write about their feelings. We will continue to discuss and I will continue to reassure them. Our theme this year is from a Roberto Clemente quote, and I am helping them learn how to make a difference in the world. FYI, I looped, so I know my students and families very well.

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  11. I am still digesting the news. I keep praying that everything will be okay and that the leaders think before acting.

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