My Very First Election

By Milan Hamilton (Duke University Undergraduate)

My very first election. The election where I thought my vote would go towards progress and change. Never in a million years did I think such a racist, politically uneducated and unqualified bigot would become MY next president of the United States. My heart is so heavy and I’ve been wiping away tears for the past few hours as I hopelessly watched our country go back in time. Every single program and policy that was created over the past eight years (and every step towards freedom that was fought for hundreds of years) I know will be erased. However, what terrifies me more than the new man in office is the people that support him.

This campaign exposed all of the racist, xenophobic, homophobic, and selfish people in this country. I’m at a loss for words, trying to cry myself to sleep tonight. America is no longer safe for me. I’m terrified and will be for the next four years, but I know I did my part. It is no longer up to me and it’s all in God’s hands. Psalm 56:3-4 reads, “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise—in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” God is the real president of our lives, and he has already carved a path for us and promised to guide us wherever we go. Trust in Him, trust His plan and know that we can overcome this hurdle.

To all of you who are also hurt by the outcome of today, please know that I love you, you matter to me and we will get through this together. Be safe. Trust God. Stay strong. WE WILL RISE.