New York State Declared A Place Of Refuge And It's A Beautiful Thing
In the aftermath of one of the most contentious elections in history, many Americans are experiencing voter hangover. People are waking up and wondering where to go next, what happened to their country... and will we ever feel whole again? As president-elect Donald Trump visits the White House and gets on with the business of learning how to lead this country, Americans everywhere are wondering what this means for them. Particularly people of color, immigrants, women, and members of the LGBTQ community. The state of New York has declared itself as a place of refuge for people who feel as though they are being attacked by Trump's ideologies. And in the wake of such a fractious, difficult year, it's an absolutely lovely tribute.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters outside a Syracuse convention on Thursday that he and president-elect Donald Trump have "grave philosophical differences" and felt certain the two would butt heads once Trump takes over as president next year.
"I look forward to debate and dialogue," he said. "Yes, I understand the outcome of the election. I also understand there are principles we won't give up on."
Cuomo acknowledged that he understood voters were feeling "fed up, frustrated, angry, anxious, economically upset and distrusting of their government." Regardless, Cuomo wants everyone to know that the state of New York will work hard to remain a "refuge" for all Americans.
On Saturday, Cuomo shared a Facebook post that read:
Cuomo also shared the same message in an email to members of the New York Democratic Party.
Cuomo responds: if people feel "under attack ... state of New York ... is their refuge." pic.twitter.com/tDRbLB9J1X— Azi (@Azi) November 12, 2016
In a message of true solidarity, Mayor Bill de Blassio said that New York City will remain a "sanctuary city" for undocumented immigrants, which would limit how much cooperation the city must offer the federal government in their attempts to detain or deport those immigrants.
As more reports of racist attacks continue to come in since Trump was elected on Tuesday, Cuomo's message of safety and solidarity isn't simply a welcome one; it's the only message we need to share. And keep sharing until the message is clear.