How we let the world down, America

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2This is Dianne Guerrero. When she was a child, she came home from school to find out that her whole family was deported back to Colombia. Today, this is going to be the state of multiple people, with multiple stories. I cannot believe that more than half of America voted for a person who is and has demonstrated behavior that is racist, misogynistic, homophobic, transphobic, sexist and intolerant.

I never speak up about my American citizenship because I personally don’t feel it matters much in everyday conversation. But I’m bringing it up today, as a POC (Person Of Colour). I am terrified. Terrified of what will happen and what this one individual can do to destroy all that we stand for.

More than anything, this is about how we failed Bernie. How we failed Hillary. How we failed women. How we failed the LGBTQ+ community. How we failed Muslims. How we failed America and the world.

It’s so hard for me to process that America voted for someone who supports Shock Conversion Therapy for the LGBTQ+ community. You can’t make someone become someone who they are not.

I can’t believe America voted for the deportation of immigrants, or for getting Muslims out of their country. I can’t believe America voted for a man who constantly and publicly degrades women without remorse. I can’t believe that America voted for someone who has no respect for women. I am 14 years old and I am wondering – is this democracy?

It is extremely sad yet eye opening that we can see how much hatred is present even now. I am appalled. November 9, 2016 is the one of the saddest days in American history. Please don’t tell someone who is upset because of this that they shouldn’t be because they’re not American. It’s absolutely okay to feel for those who don’t feel safe. To the women, to the LGBTQ+ community, to People Of Colour, to Mexicans, to Muslims, and to anyone who doesn’t feel safe. I feel you. You don’t deserve this.

stutiOur first youth guest blogger, Stuti Kulkarni, is a 14 year old girl, living in India. She is passionate about social equality, and feels that everyone, irrespective of their age, gender, race, caste or religion should have the same rights as everyone else. She loves reading books that are meaningful. She is passionate about photography and loves music.

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