On November 8th the American elections took place and so followed the election of a misogynist, racist, xenophobic 45th president of the United States of America.
And in the following hours we saw hundreds of threatening or insulting comments towards Trump supporters.
First of all, I don't think this is the right answer, even if I understand that everyone is afraid, answering hate by hate will only lead to more hate. And this is not what we need right now.
I'm, personally, not mad at the Trump supporters ....I just pity them; I pity them because they are exactly how I used to be.
I had a very easy comfortable childhood, my mom was a stay-at-home mom, my dad was working a lot to provide us everything, we were going to holidays every 2 or 3 months, travelling all around Europe; My brother and i went to very good schools and the 40 members of our family were living near to us. Happy beautiful princess childhood...
I also grew up learning words like «sub-race» and «shitty religions» you know this thing call «White Supremacy» ? .... Yeah...this!
A part of my family educated me to believe that white people were better than «black loud drama queen people» or «those Arabs who always cause troubles everywhere»
I learned all the stereotypes! Not only about skin color or religion. I also been taught that fat people are fat only because they eat too much all the time, that homeless people are homeless because they are too lazy to search for a job.....
I learned that it's ok to walk on the sidewalk and see someone you don't know and then discuss with your friends how «ugly» this person is, no reason needed.
Today, as an adult, i literally have physical reaction whenever I hear the word «ugly» even if it's only someone saying something like «This wallpaper is ugly» I'm gonna have chills, and a very strong urge to cry and you can be sure that I'm gonna feel really down for the rest of the day
The thing is, as a child, the members of your family are your only reference, your only role model and so, all those stereotypes start to be part of you and you end up being a 16 years old racist, xenophobic, mean (and deeply sad inside yourself ) human being who hate the whole world because you believe they are not and will never be as good as you are.
I pity Trump voters like I pity the 16 years old me.
And I believe that their terrible beliefs and their narrow mindedness are nothing but passed down from one generation to the next.
And I really hope that at some point something will happen in their lives that will change radically their way of thinking and so the way they see things or feel this world.
Until then, I will pity them and I will stand strongly against their beliefs.
"Let no man pull you so low as to hate him"- Martin Luther King Jr
I'm Kcatt, i'm a Member of Amnesty Int Emergency Action and a Women's and human's Rights Activist and former memeber of WWF.