The news that Donald Trump is going to be–deep breath here–the next POTUS is shocking and pretty terrifying. The literary community has responded with expressions of fear and discouragement, tenacity and defiance, humor and even hope. Here are the reactions of some of our favorite POC and female authors:
Terrified right now. If you're not, you're probably not female, an immigrant, muslim, Mexican, a POC, gay, trans or marginalized at all.
— Sabaa Tahir (@sabaatahir) November 9, 2016
— Chitra B. Divakaruni (@cdivakaruni) November 9, 2016
I am an immigrant. I am the child of immigrants. And I have loved this country. I love it still. But today is hard. Today is so very hard.
— Nicola Yoon (@NicolaYoon) November 9, 2016
Remember remember the 8th of November
White Supremacist Treason and Plot
I know of no reason
White Supremacist Treason
Should ever be forgot
— heidi heilig 🔥 (@heidiheilig) November 9, 2016
Panic is contagious. Courage is too.
— Alexander Chee (@alexanderchee) November 9, 2016
— Maureen Johnson (@maureenjohnson) November 9, 2016
I've written An Open Letter to Donald Trump and Mike Pence, and here is all I have to say with heart and brain. https://t.co/XB5mgdJOBq
— Lyndsay Faye (@LyndsayFaye) November 9, 2016
All I have to say today. I am heartbroken. pic.twitter.com/X88aS8C1EZ
— Phoebe Robinson (@dopequeenpheebs) November 9, 2016
"It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness." -Eleanor Roosevelt pic.twitter.com/82FMw1cvq5
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) November 9, 2016
Breathe. Keep breathing. You're still here. That's enough for now.
— Celeste Ng (@pronounced_ing) November 9, 2016
Anyone got a single Canadian friend
— Mara Wilson (@MaraWilson) November 9, 2016
Anyway, stop being sad and plan a path forward. Wallowing is a luxury. You need to be preparing for the fight ahead.
— Justina Ireland (@justinaireland) November 9, 2016
It looks like we're gonna need that legal weed.
— Peggy Orenstein (@peggyorenstein) November 9, 2016
So many countries today have women leaders – from Taiwan to Bangladesh and others – and yet in 2016, US preferred a racist, misogynist man
— Mona Eltahawy (@monaeltahawy) November 9, 2016
We stand together. We stick up for the vulnerable. We challenge bigots. We don't let hate speech become normalised. We hold the line. https://t.co/ro9AkRSc9Q
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) November 9, 2016
Feminists: We do not need to be ready to take this on today. We deserve to grieve and gather ourselves. The fight will be there tomorrow.
— Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) November 9, 2016
We just have to see this country with clearer eyes and next time, we cannot underestimate hatred and fear.
— roxane gay (@rgay) November 9, 2016
Fear trumped reason. Hate trumped compassion. But we still have our principles and can be a support to those now scared for their lives.
— Amy Tan (@AmyTan) November 9, 2016
I've felt pressure to be silent a lot. I'm going to work hard to scream louder.
— Malinda Lo (@malindalo) November 9, 2016
So not in the mood for "It'll be OK" messages now. It won't be, for a lot of ppl. That's not paranoia. Hell, the stock market dip says that.
— N. K. Jemisin (@nkjemisin) November 9, 2016
— Meg Cabot (@megcabot) November 9, 2016
We are not afraid. We were born to do this.
— Glennon Doyle Melton (@Momastery) November 9, 2016
Carry on, warriors.