And thus the Sons of Belial lurch forth, full of injury and outrage.
At work, a middle school, so far this month we have had students suspended for harassing a Muslim girl about her head scarf, and another student come up to me to tell me he didn’t like black people, and a third tell me about an old man in her neighborhood that yells at her family every time he sees them because they are Asian.
Multiply this by every school and neighborhood in the country.
I fear Mr. Trump’s words have loosed a genie that cannot be put back in the bottle. We now have a neo-Nazi advising the highest office in the land, a president elect that feigns surprise at reports of increasing hate crimes, and a press that is slowly normalizing a situation that is not normal.
I’ve learned two things from this election. The first is that my assumption that good and decent people would be intelligent enough to see through lies and artifice. That they would weigh an email scandal on one hand, compare it with bigotry, racism, homophobia, xenophobia, Islamophobia, sexism, sexual harassment, sexual assault, fraud, and a temperament of an out of control 3-year-old on the other hand, and think to themselves “one of these things outweighs the other.”
The second lesson I learned is that I have been naive. Bigotry and racism will not die with my generation.