This is what to tell kids about the election:
As you can see, I am very upset, as are millions and millions of people. It would be easy to dismiss Trump and the tens of millions of people who voted for him as stupid and uneducated. But that would only make the problem worse.
We talk a lot about how fortunate we are, how we have far more than most people in the world. What this election reminds us is that we also have far more than most people in this country. Because we live in New York City, and because of the people we chose to surround ourselves with, it is easy to assume that most people are like us. That most people have easy access to jobs that pay good money, and expect that they will continue to have good jobs that will pay more in the future. What this election, and that the majority of voters chose Trump, is that most people in this country are not like us. That is why they like it when he says things that are racist, and sexists and discriminate against people who do not look like him. When people are scared, they get angry. When people are angry, they hate.
Listen to my Like a Mother podcast episode on the topic:
If Hillary had won, it would be easy to dismiss Trump as an embarrassing fluke, and life in this country would probably continue on more or less how it has. For you and me, that would seem good. Instead, Trump’s win shows us that we have no choice but to pay attention to the fact that most people in this country need help. That we need change, for all of us, to make this country fair and safe for everyone.
We joked about moving to another country if Trump won. Instead, the fact that he won means we have an obligation not only to stay, but to do what we can to fight for a better country. Not to overturn him next election. But to really fight for good jobs and fair treatment for every person who lives in this country, as well as for people everywhere in the world.
I am so sad right now, but I will give Trump a chance. I like what he said when he accepted the presidency, and I will give him the benefit of doubt. [clickToTweet tweet=”‘To dismiss Trump as stupid and uneducated is to dismiss most people in this country.'” quote=”‘To dismiss Trump as stupid and uneducated is to dismiss most people in this country.'”] I will listen to what he says, and consider it with an open mind, because by doing so is listening with an open mind to my fellow Americans. Sometimes things need to get worse before they get better, and I chose to see this election as an opportunity.
Emma Johnson is a veteran money journalist, noted blogger, bestselling author and an host of the award-winning podcast, Like a Mother with Emma Johnson. A former Associated Press Financial Wire reporter and MSN Money columnist, Emma has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Glamour, Oprah.com, U.S. News, Parenting, USA Today and others. Her #1 bestseller, The Kickass Single Mom (Penguin), was named to the New York Post’s ‘Must Read” list.
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