I am an African-American Muslim woman.
I am afraid to be a woman in this country right now. I will be sexually harassed and it will be okay. I will be catcalled and felt up and it will be okay. I will hear sexist, predatory jokes and it will be okay. I will be caged from the trauma my abuser gave me, while he runs free and that will be okay. I will never live up to a man because of a gender I did not choose and that will be okay.
I am afraid to be an African-American in this country right now. I will get shot by police and my death won’t matter unless all other lives matter. My death will be justified by searching for my (blank) criminal record and allowing my killer to run free. I will be called a “nigger” by a white person, and it will be okay. I will be discriminated for the color of my skin I did not choose and it will be okay.
I am afraid to be a Muslim in this country right now. I am seen as nothing but a terrorist in your eyes. If I die in a hate crime, don’t bother turning on the news. You won’t find me there anyway. Whoever killed me will walk off as a mentally ill lone wolf and my death will be justified by the hate rhetoric taught to us by our new president. I will be discriminated against because of the faith that I chose and the crown I proudly wear on my head and it will be okay.
I am afraid to be related to immigrants who are living in this country right now. If my loved ones get deported, it is the end for me but the beginning for you. Future Americans will face hell trying to get citizenship and it will be okay. All hope for a better life in America will die and it will be okay.
I am afraid to be an American right now. I am afraid for the Mexicans, Native Americans, LGBT+ communities who will face injustice and it will be okay. Our new president doesn’t respect what makes America already great and it’s okay!
I know what you are thinking. Why don’t I just leave? This is my home. I want to witness the beauty of America. I want to be a part of a great change and say “I’m proud to be American!” with cheer and excitement. All I see is the good in this country. Now that we have our new president, I am afraid that this country is not okay.