Before the election I was disturbed by the many Facebook posts pointing out, over and over again, Donald Trump’s latest misstep, peccadillo, or odious statement. It’s not that I thought that this stuff shouldn’t be discussed on Facebook, but it totally dominated the feed, was repetitive, sometimes nearly hysterical, and above all, displaced the kitten posts!
But now it’s far worse, and my liberal friends rage against the rising of the Right in Facebook post after post after post. Not a kitten to be seen! I can hardly bear to look at Facebook.
Even worse: according to news.com.au, American school and college kids have been so traumatized by Trump’s victory that schools are deploying the full armamentarium of Safe Space Toys, including therapy dogs and Play-Doh.
At the University of Kansas, tutors reminded its 18 and 19-year-olds that therapy dogs were available.
And the girls at an exclusive private school in New York City last week were so stricken the teachers brought in the therapy dogs to soothe them.
. . . Students at the University of Michigan have been offered colouring books to calm them. [JAC: This unwise plan was canceled as cooler heads prevailed.]
Cornell University, an Ivy League college in New York state, held a campus-wide “cry-in,” [JAC: see here] with seniors handing out blankets, tissues and hot chocolate.
Tufts University in Massachusetts staged arts and crafts sessions for its devastated students and campuses throughout the country cancelled classes because students asked or professors were too distraught to teach.
Apparently schools in Australia, though far from Trump-Land, had similar sessions:
And in Australia, where we are all meant to be tougher, it was primary schoolers rather than adults who were feeling the heat of post-election disappointment.
Children as young as five have been chanting death threats as the backlash of the Trump presidency was felt across Sydney’s inner west.
The After School Klub at Newtown Public School confirmed it held a special art therapy lesson after students chanted “we hate Trump”, the Inner West Courier reported.
The After School Klub supervisor Bek Ames said her students were visibly upset following the election on Thursday.
“When I came in the kids were upset and chanting ‘we hate Trump’ and these are kindergarten kids who are five and six years old,” she said.
“Some of the kids were saying we should kill Trump and Trump should kill himself.
“I have never seen anything like this before — when we had the (Australian) election some of them talked about it but most didn’t know what was going on.”
While Ms Ames responded appropriately to the clearly disturbed children in her after school class, it is fair to ask from where did they get this trauma.
Yep, their parents, who started trumpeting on social media last Wednesday morning the advent of a new world order and wailing when they didn’t get it.
Oy vey! We need to get a grip. Trump is the President-Elect, we’re in for a very tough four years, but can we stop the wailing on Facebook and figure out what we should do next? That, of course, will take a bit of time as Trump lines up his Cabinet and decides which of his campaign promises he’ll continue to discard. When Al Gore lost to George W. Bush in 2000, I don’t recall the dogs, Play-Doh, or cry ins? What has happened to us? (I admit that Trump looks a lot worse than G.W.B.)