In shock

Has it only been five days since Election Day? It feels like a month already. We’ve been sleeping poorly, crying, and generally numb with our fears about what the new president-elect is going to do to this country and the most vulnerable people in it. We know that we–well-off white people who live in a quiet country town in a solidly Democratic state–will be the most insulated from the worst consequences of the next four years, but we know that so many people are going to be much worse off and some of the damage will be irreparable. We’ve been watching the upsurge of hate crimes and racist violence in the news with a sick feeling of frustration and outrage. Through our social networks, we have already heard of people who have died.

I need to be a source of calm and comfort for my students. A lot of them are very upset and frightened by what has happened. That’s hard to do when I am so far from calm myself, but I’m doing the best I can because they need it.

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