I want to preface this with the caveat that I am one of the least affected by the issues you bring up, but I do care and am trying to think over what needs to be adjusted to make real changes. Knowing that caveat the following are thoughts alone and not beliefs.
With the way this election has gone, we have seen that the undercurrent of racism and bigotry has gained a loud intolerant voice with Trump to put it lightly. There are no excuses here, no way to reason about his or his supporters behavior. Quite frankly I am sick to my stomach thinking about how widespread this appears to be.
That might be why I am trying to reason about not everyone actually believing what Trump says, that there has to be other reasons to vote for someone so vile. It is hard for me to believe that half the country could be so hateful and wrong hearted. I can’t see myself in that America.
Over the last few decades it has felt like America was moving in the correct (originally wrote right…) direction, meaning that we get rid of racism and bigotry along with other intolerant thoughts and policies. It seems like we have come very far, but with recent events over the last 5+ years have shown we have a long way to go.
This election, these actual voting results, it appears that we haven’t progressed as far as I would have hoped and instead a large part of America, has felt ignored and/or repressed. So instead of learning compassion and tolerance, they have latched onto the other side with hate and fear. They now have a voice, an uncensored and unfiltered one with Trump.
My major worry right now is that the divide will continue to grow, the ability to communicate constructively will be lost and the only thing that will have any power is violence. Maybe that is all we have left to force the position, to tell the other side that it is absolutely unacceptable for them to act the way that they do?
I’m at a loss right now, it doesn’t help I am dealing with personal work things that are a bit stressful and uncertain. The world feels off, and I don’t see anywhere to look for hope.