In a few months, the USA's first black president will be handing over the stewardship of the nation to a man who was endorsed by the Ku Klux Klan.
This is, to put it mildly, not good news for anyone who isn't white, rich and privileged. It is not good news for the rest of the world. I can't do anything other than apologise to my friends and colleagues. I am devastated that this is happening. I am sorry. Very sorry. So, so sorry.
I am not as blindsided by this result as I was by the Brexit vote. Perhaps it's because I lived through the Reagan and both Bush administrations. We didn't think things could get worse then, either. But they can. This is a man who who lies constantly and seemingly with impunity. With a compliant GOP in legislative majority and at least one Supreme Court nomination at his disposal, the damage he can do could well last far beyond the term of his appointment. This is a probability that I must recognise and come to terms with in the following months. And, coming out the other side, be willing to fight, through monetary donations to organisations whose work I believe in, by writing to my congressional representatives and through whatever other means I can of being politically active (suggestions welcome). I am a relatively affluent and privileged person. I can summon up the resources and the energy to fight for the rights and causes of the people who don't have those advantages, and I must do it.
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