Fear is a totally rational reaction to the Donald Trump presidency

Fear is a totally rational reaction to the Donald Trump presidency

Many Americans woke up terrified this morning.

They’ll wake up afraid tomorrow, and the day after that, and every day of the newly elected Donald Trump administration. January 20 might be especially scary — but not as scary as January 21, or the day after that, or the day after that.

Teachers are trying to reassure their elementary school students that they won’t be deported under a President Trump — while young immigrant adults are putting off those conversations with their unauthorized-immigrant parents, because they don’t know how to address the fact that, yes, perhaps they will be. Longtime US residents wonder if they can travel abroad, or whether they’d be barred from returning due to immigrant heritage and Muslim faith.

My colleague Lauren Williams is worried “about my sweet, oversize baby growing up to be an oversize boy, one who might one day be mistaken by a police officer as older than he is or more dangerous than he is because of the color of his skin.”

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