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I awoke in Copenhagen the day before I was planning to fly back to America — only the America I thought I was returning to had in fact changed irreparably overnight. The election of Donald Trump threw my concept of America into chaos. While I’ve always been aware of the structural racism, homophobia, sexism, and Islamophobia plaguing America, I guess I believed that, at heart, we were working towards fighting that. I hadn’t fully realized how compelling Trump’s simplistic logic was to voters nationwide — it’s not us, it’s them. We don’t have to change; they do.