Today, all I see is red. I’ll explain in a minute.
Yesterday, we made history by voting for the first female candidate in a major party. I filled out the ballot with pride. I thought of you and your future as I filled in the bubble and scanned my ballot in the machine. I felt for you as I walked out of the voting area, beaming with Pride at what was to come.
Then came the results. A sea of Red.
As time dragged on, many states were “too close to call”, which made me feel equal parts dread and anxiety. By 1am, I was done watching, for I knew this was over for us. The future I hoped you would enter slowly ripped from my fingers.
A sea of Red.
I weeped for you. I weeped for all our children. How was I going to explain to you and my younger brothers that this is the new reality? What could I say to you when you enter this world that would make you feel safe as a woman of color? These are the questions that came to my mind.
All I see is red. Red for the GOP that overpowered this Election. Red for the blood that was shed for us to have the power to vote, only to have it squandered away. Red for the blood that was going to be shed in the coming weeks, months, and years because of this shift in power.
I fear for your safety.
How can I sit here and explain to you that a man who said it was alright to “grab a woman by the pussy” can be President? That a man who ran on a platform of fear-mongering won? That survivors of sexual assault who felt their futures were on the line, lost?
We all lost.
And yet, here we are. The aftermath. And I can’t stop thinking about you.
As long as I am living, I will protect you from this hate and fear, and raise you to be a socially-conscious woman who can help change the world you will grow up in. I will continue to fight for you, to fight for the rights and privileges that you should have, as those before me have done.
I fear for what comes next, but one things for sure: you will be safe. I will always protect you.