Donald Trump was elected president, and among the many questions (How? Why? Really?) is how do people explain this to their children. Many little girls went to bed on November 8th psyched to wake up to a female president-elect, but instead got a well-documented serial sexual assaulter. 'Murrica!
Here's how one guy, Joel Levin, broke the news to his daughters, which is a good example of how to be the messenger. There will likely be a lot of it in the years to come.
Dear Josie and Ellie,
I know that you asked me to wake you up when we learned who won the election. But I just could not bring myself to do it. I am very sorry to let you know that Donald Trump has won. He will be the President for at least the next four years.
Mom and I are very upset by this. And we know you will be, too. But we want you to know a few things:
1. We are not alone. Millions and millions of people voted for Hillary Clinton. They share our shock and disbelief this morning.
2. You do not need to be afraid. Even though you have heard hateful things about Trump and his supporters, there are ALWAYS people that will stand up to that hate. And together we will protect each other and the values we find important.
3. There is a lot to be hopeful about. This is not the end of a fight. This is just another chapter of a struggle that has been going on for a long, long time. If you look at the progress that we have made as a country (and as a planet), you will see that there is much to celebrate. This kind of setback happens often, and we usually bounce back even stronger.
You have learned in school a lot about the dream of what America can be. Today you might be learning that there is still a long way to go before that dream becomes reality for everyone. But I still believe in that dream very strongly. And so should you.
I hope this experience [sic] helps you will understand why Mom and I spend a lot of time and energy fighting for things that we believe in. Why we speak up when we see something that we think is wrong. We hope that as you grow up and make up your own minds about things, that you'll join us in the struggle. We know that your passions will allow you to accomplish great things.
Days like this are hard. But they are also great reminders for how important it is to keep fighting for what is right. And we will!
Thanks, Mr. Levin.
Let's fight on.