Don't Leave Me

I, like many others, never imagined that Donald Trump would win the election. But what was even more shocking were many of the post-mortems from the left. In the face of the most explicitly bigoted president in modern American history, I expected the Democratic Party to stand in solidarity with the marginalized groups targeted by Trump and the GOP. Instead, many Democrats called for an end to "identity politics," claiming that the Democratic Party needs to focus less on the rights of women and minorities if it is to appeal to the minority of white male voters who sent Trump to the White House with only a slim Electoral College majority. The cynicism was astounding. Many commentators and even top Democratic leaders were willing to abandon the most vulnerable members of society, who granted them a popular vote win, for the sake of appealing to the very people who oppress us. As a queer woman of color, this was devastating to hear, and showed me that we cannot rely on institutions to protect us. It's up to community and grassroots activists to stand up for what is right and just. My life and the lives of my friends are at stake because of our marginalized identities, and I am tired of our very existences being treated as dispensable by Democrats.