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For many, a Trump win was unthinkable. But, as always, there are exceptions: in the immediate aftermath of his unprecedented win, the first signs of "surprise? really?" came from my LGBT, black, and activist friends. Their reciprocal disbelief stems from the knowledge that we've always been a racist nation. For the rest of us, we're only just discovering how willing our fellow citizens are to embrace bigotry and hatred.
There's a huge amount of fear in the air in New York City right now: Just as the Democratic party is reeling from a loss of power, so is this city. Long the voice of leftist culture and a haven for the disadvantaged, New York will endure. Hundreds of years of precedent tell us that, despite the hatred between the Hudson and the Sierra Nevadas, the coasts of America remain safe for free expression. We will protect the quality of life of our poor and our weak, imperfectly, as always.
But what of the rest of us? The juxtaposition of Hillary's popular vote win with an electoral map soaked in red symbolizes the local struggle already faced by many. It's a herald of emboldened bigotry to come. It's a clarion call to those of us who felt mollified by Obama's benign but imperfect rule. It's time to stand up. There is no other option: if we desire an equal, equitable country, we must fight.
There are less than 70 days until Trump's inauguration. Until the promised repeal of Obamacare, the promised deportation of millions. That's your deadline. Get to it. The stakes have never been this high.