We all know what just happened last week on Election Day. We, meaning America, no I, elected the country’s 45th President of the United States who exhibits the exact behaviors we tell our kids NOT to show as we try to raise them to be good people. I just don’t know how I can look at my kids now and still have credibility with the things I am teaching them hoping to mold them into good citizens.
Aren’t you just as concerned as I am? If not, why not? Although we struggle constantly, have you forgotten what America is supposed to be about? Chances are highly likely that your parents emigrated from another land. Me? Well, mine didn’t chose to come, but we’re here now.
I’ve spoken to several mothers over the last week in this extremely diverse community who are numb. Baffled. Upset. Self included. We can’t believe what just happened. We can’t believe what could happen in the upcoming months and years ahead of us.
Those who are not the least bit concerned about the newly elected President, should be concerned.
If not, why aren’t you?
But I’m thinking about our children no matter how old they are. What do we tell them now given the President has shown us the very behavior we scold them for?
We tell our kids to be nice, courteous and respectful towards others.
We tell them not to make fun of others for any reason including skin color, hair texture, the way they talk/walk.
We tell them not to stare, to not talk over others.
We encourage them to be curious and learn about other’s cultures, try new foods, to keep an open mind.
We tell them not to pre-judge.
We tell our kids not to be a bully and to be a buddy.
We tell them to not pop the personal bubble of another classmate. To stay in their own space.
We teach our boys that no means no and to respect a girl’s body.
We tell our girls that their bodies are to never be violated.
We remind our kids to tell the truth.
We tell our girls to they can be anything if they put the hard work in and focus.
You know how you secretly scan your kid’s social media account to make sure no drama is popping off and they’re being nice online? The person you just elected is a master at cyber bullying.
Remember how you tell your kid to keep his hands to himself and when a girl says no, it means no? You just elected a President who doesn’t respect a woman’s body and wants to tell us what we can/can’t do with it.
Folks, the kid who used to bully your kid in the hallway or in class, he was just elected to lead our country.
Good job America. You did that. Oh wait…but you said he’s not like that and he’s really a nice guy? Well so is the bully that just beat your kid up in the hallway busting his lip wide open.
He didn’t mean what he did to your kid. He got caught up in the hype and just went with the flow of his surroundings. He is really a nice kid. Wait until next month when he’ll show you.
Oh, and one of my kids googled, “Does Donald Trump like black people?” We have alot of work ahead of us folks.
If you voted for Trump, I hope you can sleep at night. I know a lot of people who are having a hard time with this right now.