Let me share with you what a friend emailed me the other day.
"Maybe you have this thing that i have," he wrote, "but i'm looking at my straight white male co-workers who are still gliding through their day unencumbered, and i'm just like 'you people just do not get it. you might be upset about the outcome, but you. just. don't. under. stand. right. Now.'"
Yes, I have "this thing" my friend has. Maybe you do, too.
"This thing" is more than disappointment by the defeat of Hillary Clinton, arguably the most qualified person to seek the office in recent memory who happens to be a woman.
After a campaign that mainstreamed white supremacy, xenophobia and misogyny, "this thing" is palpable fear.
Fear of being targeted because you're Muslim. President-elect Donald Trump campaigned on a ban of Muslims from entering the United States. Hate crimes against Muslims went up 78 percent during the course of 2015. No doubt empowered by Trump's ugly rhetoric.