A Minority's Response To 'I Voted For Trump, And That Shouldn't Change Your Opinion Of Me'

A Minority's Response To 'I Voted For Trump, And That Shouldn't Change Your Opinion Of Me'

You can take that sticker off your laptop, I cannot take the skin off of my body.
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Your privilege is showing, but I'm here to fix that for you.

Before I begin, I want to warn you that I'm not going to hold back. As much as I want to write "I acknowledge your opinion and respect it," or "this isn't a personal attack on you," I just can't. Why? Because it's much more than just an opinion.

The article I'm responding to can be found at this link if anyone cares to read or respond, like myself. As much as I don't want to give this article more publicity, I feel it's only fair.

I remember reading this article and sending a screenshot of it to my girlfriend when it was first posted on Odyssey. Since this was before I became a creator, all I could do at the time was converse about it and express my distaste for it. Now, I can finally say to you how this makes myself, and other minorities all across the U.S. feel. I want you to know that my words in this post will carry anger, pain, frustration, and sadness that first began to stem in November of 2016.

To you, this was an election, but for us? This was a battle for our lives.

One thing I need to say is that if you are not a minority, then you will never know what it's like to be a minority. The author claims that people look at her differently for a sticker on her laptop, BUT PEOPLE LOOK AT ME DIFFERENTLY EVERY DAY FOR THE WAY I WAS BORN. With melanin-enriched skin and curly hair, I write this to you to in hopes that you realize that you can choose who you vote for, you cannot choose how you are born. You willingly voted for Trump, I did not willingly choose to be a minority. You can take that sticker off your laptop, I cannot take the skin off of my body.

If you begin to say that this isn't a race thing, know you're wrong.

It is a race thing when leaders of the Ku Klux Klan endorse Donald Trump. It is a race thing when people are yelling to "build a wall" at people who some, mind you, were born here. You think your vote does not affect us directly, but you are wrong.

It's a race thing, it's a poor thing, it's a women thing, it's a gay thing, it's a minority thing. Why? Because the person you voted for has in some way, shape, or form, verbally attacked or enacted laws that undermine or make it difficult for anyone in that category to live their life the way they should be able to.

To you, and everyone who believes that this election was a not a big deal. You will never understand what it's like to apply for a job and get rejected because of your name. What it's like to walk into an elevator and see someone clutch their bag. To be judged for having a natural hairstyle like dreadlocks, or to battle with yourself for years because society does not idolize you; they idolize those who have oppressed you. If you don't understand the message yet, it's that if you voted for Trump and boast about it, it is taken as a personal attack on who we are as a people.

You may not believe everything Trump has said, but when you vote for him, we take it as you ignoring every terrible and dividing thing he has said. Ignoring every problem that people who do not look like you face because you do not face them. That is where your privilege plays a part in this, and I want you to know that we will not stand for it.

Now, I can't necessarily be mad at you for not understanding. As it's recognizable by your article that you have not faced the same trials that I have growing up based on my skin, I cannot be mad simply because you are different than I am. That, in my opinion, is morally wrong. What I can be mad about though, is that judging by your article, you seem not to care about anyone else's problems in this country besides your own. Because as I just stated, if you voted for this person, then we take it as you ignoring every single thing he has said or done to damage a community of people.

I cannot respect your vote because your vote does not respect me. As much as I'm all for loving one another, respecting one another, and working out our differences, I cannot say that to you. As you continue to proudly show the Trump sticker on your laptop, I will proudly show the "F*** Trump" button on my book bag.

Besides you, know that every person who yells his name, boasts a sticker, shows off a shirt, or proudly holds a sign with his name, is launching a personal attack on whoever is a victim of his disgusting words and actions.

So, I invite you, and anyone for that matter, to respond to this article. I want to know your opinion so that I can remind you of the role you play in the oppression of minorities all across the U.S. I will make it my job on behalf of everyone who feels the same way I do, to remind you of how we feel. Sadly, it is not a burden that I asked for, but it's a burden that I will carry like many others that you do not.

I'm angry, I'm a minority, and I'm tired of you, and every other Trump supporter's shit.

Even if you do not show it intentionally, know that I will not stand for your ignorance. It would be a crime on behalf of every minority who feels the same way I do, and myself, if I let this go any longer. For centuries, anyone who has not fit the idolized category of White, Christian, heterosexual, and privileged (in that order) has had to deal with the pain of oppression. It's time we spoke up, and it's time you understand.

Sincerely,

A Minority

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This Is How Your Same-Sex Marriage Affects Me As A Catholic Woman

I hear you over there, Bible Bob.
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It won't.

Wait, what?

I promise you did read that right. Not what you were expecting me to say, right? Who another person decides to marry will never in any way affect my own marriage whatsoever. Unless they try to marry the person that I want to, then we might have a few problems.

As a kid, I was raised, baptized, and confirmed into an old school Irish Catholic church in the middle of a small, midwestern town.

Not exactly a place that most people would consider to be very liberal or open-minded. Despite this I was taught to love and accept others as a child, to not cast judgment because the only person fit to judge was God. I learned this from my Grandpa, a man whose love of others was only rivaled by his love of sweets and spoiling his grandkids.

While I learned this at an early age, not everyone else in my hometown — or even within my own church — seemed to get the memo. When same-sex marriage was finally legalized country-wide, I cried tears of joy for some of my closest friends who happen to be members of the LGBTQ community.

I was happy while others I knew were disgusted and even enraged.

"That's not what it says in the bible! Marriage is between a man and a woman!"

"God made Adam and Eve for a reason! Man shall not lie with another man as he would a woman!"

"Homosexuality is a sin! It's bad enough that they're all going to hell, now we're letting them marry?"

Alright, Bible Bob, we get it, you don't agree with same-sex relationships. Honestly, that's not the issue. One of our civil liberties as United States citizens is the freedom of religion. If you believe your religion doesn't support homosexuality that's OK.

What isn't OK is thinking that your religious beliefs should dictate others lives.

What isn't OK is using your religion or your beliefs to take away rights from those who chose to live their life differently than you.

Some members of my church are still convinced that their marriage now means less because people are free to marry whoever they want to. Honestly, I wish I was kidding. Tell me again, Brenda how exactly do Steve and Jason's marriage affect yours and Tom's?

It doesn't. Really, it doesn't affect you at all.

Unless Tom suddenly starts having an affair with Steve their marriage has zero effect on you. You never know Brenda, you and Jason might become best friends by the end of the divorce. (And in that case, Brenda and Tom both need to go to church considering the bible also teaches against adultery and divorce.)

I'll say it one more time for the people in the back: same-sex marriage does not affect you even if you or your religion does not support it. If you don't agree with same-sex marriage then do not marry someone of the same sex. Really, it's a simple concept.

It amazes me that I still actually have to discuss this with some people in 2017. And it amazes me that people use God as a reason to hinder the lives of others.

As a proud young Catholic woman, I wholeheartedly support the LGBTQ community with my entire being.

My God taught me to not hold hate so close to my heart. He told me not to judge and to accept others with open arms. My God taught me to love and I hope yours teaches you the same.

Disclaimer - This article in no way is meant to be an insult to the Bible or religion or the LGBTQ community.

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For The One Who Loves Too Fiercely

I challenge you to love yourself even more
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"Her soul was too deep to explore by those who always swam in the shallow end."
-A.J. Lawless

My mom has a saying that "almost" is the same as never will be. You "almost" got the guy. You "almost" found your best friend. We "almost" could have worked out.

But it didn't.

For a lot of my life, I grew up believing that something was wrong with me. I was too loud. I wasn't funny like the rest of my family. I wasn't good enough.

People would befriend me and then walk away without notice. Guys would take interest and then not respond just when I started to catch feels.

I didn't understand why I always felt like second best to my friends instead of their first, absolute best friend. And I spent countless hours wracking my brain trying to figure out what I needed to change in order to fit the seam I somehow always lacked.

But the truth is, there is absolutely nothing wrong with me or you.

We as humans all live completely separate, yet selfish lives and each and every one of us has a different past and future that will inevitably define us.

Some of us have been incredibly blessed. Never questioning our parent's love of us, feeling financially secure in attending college or getting the next best thing.

While others of us have feared to open the pantry or refrigerator door, hopeful that something might magically appear inside. Some of us have experienced the neglect that our parental figures left us and search for love in individuals who can never give as we may need.

But there is nothing wrong with being different.

With being the girl who wears her heart on her sleeve. The girl who screams at the top of her lungs and emotions deeper than others can handle. With being the girl least likely to speak up in class or approach the one who her heart desires. With being the girl who hates shallow conversations and questions the great unknowns.

And while you may feel alone in certain groups or at certain events, my greatest hope is that you may also learn to feel full from others, but at least always in yourself.

To understand the love and admiration that your true friends most genuinely have for you. To feel included, even if you may not have anything to say this time. To feel worthy even in the darkest of storms, or the gloomiest days.

Some people will never understand the emotions brewing inside of you, for they have never lived the hells you have learned to call reality. Some have never wanted to discuss the greatest struggles and triumphs of our government or lives of our society.

Regardless of where you stand in the midst of this, the center, outer corners or nowhere in sight, I hope you come to understand that it will never be because of you. My god it never was you.

Your soul is far too vast to be cherished in the shallow end.

And while you might have felt more rejection by men and women your age, the love you feel for yourself must always come from within.

I challenge you to find space in your heart to love yourself as wholly as you have attempted to love the individuals who failed you. To wait for the friends and loved ones who will appreciate you and lift you up, but understand that they can never fill you. For you can only fill yourself.

Because while you might be far too intense for everyone, you can never be too much for yourself or the people who learn to love the real you. And that, in my honest opinion will always prevail over anyone who walked away before having the chance to love the individual you so desperately want to hide, but I so desperately want to see.

Choose her over anything, and love yourself more fiercely than anyone ever could.

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