So…Donald Trump has won the election for President of the United States of America. Unless you’re blind, deaf, or ignorant, you’ve been hearing about various things that make people uncomfortable.
Things like a KKK victory rally celebrating his win in North Carolina.
There has been an influx in the reporting of hate crimes – and whether that is a result of the liberal media actually caring about them, or an actual rise in the crimes themselves is yet to be heard, but it seems that it is the latter.
So we know that people have a lot to be afraid of, but all these reactionary Trump fanatics have stuff to say about people who are afraid. “What are you actually afraid of?” “What is the worst that could happen?” Coming from a place of privilege (and open racism, sexism, and intolerance of other religions), these people cannot honestly understand what there is to be afraid of, what there is to protest, what there is to be downright angry and terrified of.
We’ve been talking about this on Sapphire, and on the internet, and I really want other people to see the results of our conversations and our surveys.
Sapphire & Friends are brave fighters, are ready to stand, but they are also afraid. They are afraid for themselves, for their loved ones, for friends. What a terrible things for a presidency to cause.
You told us your fears, so we are reporting on them. These fears are real. These fears are valid. These fears deserve attention.
- "I don't have anything to worry about for me, I fear for my lgbt+ friends, and my poc friends.” – Anon
- “My boss cried at work yesterday because she is terrified that she will be kicked out of the country. Anti-LGBT shit has already begun rising and that scares me” - Anon
- “Friends and relatives being deported and/or being victims of hate crime now that someone like Trump is in charge of the country and basically saying its okay for people to act and behave like that.” – Anon
- “Personally, I don't think I have much to fear for myself. I am worried for a fair amount of my friends group since most of them are minorities.” - Jayrev
- “My primary concern is healthcare. I don't particularly care for Obamacare or the ACA, but according to Trump, he's going to vanquish both with his mallet of doom and hasn't laid out a plan for the transition into a new healthcare system. That kind of haste could cause serious price jumps and possibly even lapses in insurance for many people.” - BeardBro
- “I am afraid of my homosexual uncle being harassed in public or worse, physically harmed.” – Anon
- “I'm worried because I have some LGBT friends in Orlando who are still recovering from June.” - Gûr
- “Another thing that slightly worries me is Trump rather large following. It's almost like a cult” - Gûr
- “hormones are already expensive enough, I guess I can expect that to go up” - Anon
- “Bathroom bills in red states will probably become more common” – Anon
- “Honestly scared for my wife and sister to be alone. Sister is a smol grill and would need help if attacked. I am at my wifes side at all times so I would have a very good chance of catching anyone in the act and fucking them up.” – One Epic Phail
- “I was actually optimistic that things like GCS and FFS would be covered under insurance for the last few months, a lot of people were through this whole election cycle really, but nah” - Anon
- “Mike Pence” - Max
- “will probably start carrying some kind of defence weapon eventually, yeah I live in a good place for the most part but I've heard enough horror stories. mace and/or a knife.” – Anon
- “I just feel really sick knowing a good portion of the support that got Trump elected was for racist and bigoted ideology. Hillary took a lot of flak for the "basket of deplorables" comment but I know exactly what she ment. I live with a father who, after the Orlando club shooting, said they should "kill more gays." My uncle, who owns the property we live on and is always passing through, said they should put more guns into black communities so "they can kill each other off," and praised Brexit because it showed the UK wanted a "white world." My mother is Filipino. I'm half Asian and he still says shit like that. These are people that voted for Trump and they voted for him for terrible reasons. I just feel disgusted knowing that. I feel disgusted to be related to these people.” – Lag
- "not gonna lie all this shit it's really scaring me ” - Anon
- “Restricted female healthcare.” – Anon
- “I'm afraid of Putin. NATO was never gonna do anything for us anyway if something happened, but if Putin and Trump really are good pals, I'm afraid it might give the Russians more courage to do whatever they want” - Make
- “Trump being elected has already changed how people act, even in Finland. The far right has gained courage. Gays, trans people, black people, basically every minority is now in danger. Finnish nationalists are proud of their big brother winning the election, even if the result might eventually damage our country. It's crazy, but it's not like these people had any logic in the first place.” – Make
- “im scared for many of my colleagues and classmates that are not united states citizens, nore are close to finalizing the citizenship process. in trump's first 100 days he plans to reverse something called DACA, which affects DREAMers like my classmates and strips them of any protections from being deported” - Anon
- “im scared for my friend from mexico, who coming through customs at the airport will be greeted with donald trump's face on the screens, the face of a man that called people like her father rapists and murderers” - Anon
- “im scared for my friend from a lower-income family, whose father's cancer medication will become unaffordable if ACA is repealed” - Anon
- “im scared for my friend that is a survivor of sexual assault who will have no choice but to constantly see the face of a man who brags about grabbing women the way she has been grabbed” - Anon
Personally, I am afraid for my coverage under the ACA (I still fall in the 18-26 age group so I can be on my father's health insurance) because if that happens I will lose life sustaining medication that I need because of several chronic conditions. One thing that specifically concerns me is Birth Control - I am debating getting an IUD, which is contraindicated for me because of some of my conditions, because birth control price would rise from $15 a month to more than $200 a month.
Stuff is scary right now. Please remember that you will always find a safe space in Sapphire, as we do not tolerate bigotry, sexism, or homophobia. We will always be here for you. You are safe to express your opinions with us. Thank you for feeling safe enough to tell us what you are afraid of. I and many of the other Anti-Fascists in Sapphire will fight for your rights and fears over the next 4 years.
Sapphire does not, and did not support Hillary Clinton for presidency. To see where our political leanings lie, please visit our communism general thread.