If you go to a fourth or fifth grade class and try to teach them democracy, here’s one thing you will learn.

If you go to a fourth or fifth grade class and try to teach them democracy, here’s one thing you will learn. Present two candidates – let’s say a hare and a tortoise. The hare resolves to remove all animals of different breeds from the jungle and then give lots and lots of chocolates to those who vote for him and to the remaining animals – a handful of hares. On the other hand, the tortoise promises to go slow and steady and think about the problems of the jungle and try its best to find solutions that benefit most animals. Who will the kids vote for?

I think you know where I’m going with this.

So, congratulations on being elected as the next President of The United States of America.

Not black, not white, not Asian, not Latino, not Muslim, the ‘United’ States of America.

Irony, huh!

A majority voted for you even after hearing a few statements of yours like this one;

“You know, it doesn’t really matter what the media write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass.”

This amongst many others.

You won and why shouldn’t you. You rallied so ethically, saying things like, “If Hillary Clinton can’t satisfy her husband what makes her think she can satisfy America?” So morally correct, not at all sexist or personal.

I acknowledge that you’ve won presidency and that you’re the most influential man in the world now. But I do not accept it.

I will not accept that the world has fallen into the hands of misogyny and racism.

I never will. That right is mine and you cannot ‘grab’ it just like the many other things you claim to have grabbed.

You’d think I would give up now that you’ve won. You couldn’t be more wrong. I will continue to fight . Not against you, against all those who think women are objects that can be owned. Against all those who label people on the basis of the colour of their skin or the place where they were born. Against those who have laid down the ‘rules’ of marriage, love and beauty.

This fight is not against you and me. This fight will not end with your presidency. This fight is against me and the wrongs of the world and I will fight until the end of either the wrongs or the end of me.

Finally, I’d like to say one thing to anyone reading this letter; as citizens of the world, let us stand united against this brand of division.


A citizen of the world.

Author: Zainab Haji

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