I suppose it was a mistake to look at my phone when I woke up around 10pm to check on the election - 7 hours later I'm trying to get out the door for work and I haven't slept since that moment. For the first time in a very long time I feel real fear walking to my car in the dark, in what feels like unchartered territory. The outcome of the election doesn't surprise me, really I felt this was coming. And in some ways, I'm actually relieved. How the American people feel as a whole has been captured and we have choices about what to do with that knowledge. Some of us are more privileged with more options - I recognize that. And I'm not suggesting we're going to be ok. At least, not for a long while.
I thumbed through my usual media suspects all throughout the night watching the numbers adding up, moving through a range of emotions like so many of us. I was struck by a late late night recap by Van Jones talking about white-lash, his muslim friends texting him, and his comment about parents putting their kids to bed tonight, afraid of breakfast. So I thought I'd drop a couple resources here on how we all might talk to our kids about what's happening.