Yesterday was an exciting day for me. I got to vote for who I hoped would be the first woman president of The United States of America. But as I stayed up late watching the results come in, I realized this was not to be so. When I woke up this morning and looked at social media I realized that the United States are not united. I walked across a silent and somber campus today and saw the fear of the unknown on the faces of many. Yes, I am disgusted, shocked, and terrified by the results of last night’s election, but here is what I am here to say: no, I will not unfriend you on Facebook or shun my family members or friends who voted for Donald Trump yesterday. Cutting people out of my life only because they have different political views than I do will only further divide this hurting country that I call my home. If you voted for Trump yesterday, I will not call you a bigot or a racist or a misogynist or a “deplorable.” No, I will not call you any names. I will respect you, and love you, and treat you with kindness. I refuse to give in to hate.
Let us end the divisive political discourse. Let us dissolve our disputing. Let us annul our anger. Let us cease attacking each other. Let us end name calling. But instead, let us show kindness and love to all, no matter who they voted for.
I beg you not to “unfriend” someone simply because they have a different opinion. Now is the time for us, as Americans, not to divide, but to unite. To show kindness. To show love.
No. We do not have to respect each other’s opinions, but we must respect each other as fellow human beings. The future of our country depends upon it.