Politics

Dad Writes Letter to Kids About Trump's Win

November 10th 2016

By:
Willie Burnley Jr.

Across the nation, people woke to the surprising news that Donald J. Trump will be the next Commander-in-Chief. For some, like Dave Sloan, that reality also had to be shared with children, who for over a year watched the often hostile presidential campaign.

Sloan, a Democrat living in Silver Spring, Maryland, worried what his four children would think. Before he left for work on November 9th, Sloan left his children a letter that their family’s values remain the same. The letter reads in part:

“We still believe in tolerance and unity and respect and science and honesty and expertise and hard work and love. We’re just going to need to fight a little harder for  those things.”

 

 

The issue of how parents would discuss the election results with their children has become an unlikely theme throughout this campaign — Hillary Clinton even used ads featuring the president-elect’s words and how they impact young girls.

Others also share this concern. As the election results came in, political commentator and activist Van Jones gave an emotional speech on CNN about how Trump’s electoral win stands as a signal for children that it is okay to be a “bully” and “bigot,” especially to religious and racial minorities.

Rapper Macklemore also discussed how he would be raising his daughter, in light of Trump being elected. In a moderately long Instagram post, he shared a point similar to Sloan’s:

“Donald Trump is not raising my daughter. I am. I get to encourage and nurture her to be who she wants to be. Teach her that her voice and actions can change the world. Teach her that she can do anything that a man can do. And one day, even become president of the United States of America.”