These celebrities are sharing their pain over Donald Trump’s presidential victory

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A man who has consistently promised to disrupt the lives of Muslim-Americans, Mexican-Americans, African-Americans, LGBT Americans, and women and who has incited, as New York Magazine stated, “intersectional hatred,” will be the 45th president of the United States. People all over America have been trying to cope with what exactly it will mean now that former reality TV star Donald Trump has won the election. And celebrities are, too. Here are some of the most searing responses.

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Actress Amandla Stenberg wrote a short letter to her followers on Instagram.

Hi all- I am in shock and in this moment all I can do is express my love and gratitude for you. I feel a responsibility to see how you are because I care about you and the platform you have given me. I am grateful for the community of people I am surrounded by. I am amazed that close to a million people share my beliefs and keep faith in the voice we can cultivate together. I am honored to build this relationship with you and use the love we have for each other to change the world around us. I'm fucking furious and I do not expect you to be brave or optimistic. You are entitled to your pain, fear, and anger. It is important to process those emotions. However, all I can do if offer up my hope. It is easy in this moment to feel that our efforts- our dialogue, our fighting, our campaigning, our self acceptance and growth- has been futile. It's a slap in the face to recognize that the world is not as we thought it was. It is harrowing and dreadful to feel that our work has been pointless. But this was a fear driven response. This was a white retaliation against the progress that we have made. This is evidence that we are rapidly shifting the narrative, changing our cultural climate, and demanding equality- and that is a terrifying and immediate threat to white privilege. Trump's presidency is a final desperate attempt to hold onto the white world of the past that is destined to die. It will die because we are powerful. If you look around you and at the kids, I know you will see your efforts reflected in the hearts of others- whether that is in the people you see or what you view here on this page. You will see it in the way media and culture is shifting to include us because we are forcing it to. I am your friend and I believe in your actions. I only believe in myself because you have allowed me to. I hope my page is a space where you can feel safe to speak and be angry. I encourage you to use it as such. I am not denying the concrete and physical danger of the future. I am telling you that your identity and strides are valid- even when you are tired, even when you are just existing as you. I hope you are able to take care of yourself right now.

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