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For Families Torn Apart By Politics, Election Fallout Is Just Beginning

Posted on: November 19, 2020

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Are some members of your family on one side of the political spectrum, while others are on the opposite side? Welcome to family life in America, 2020. Brittany Wong, writing on HuffPost.com, has an insightful article on this exact subject.

She relates some personal anecdotes about people who have run into serious issues with family members. She writes:

“In the spring, Preston, a clinical social worker in California, stopped talking to her Trump-supporting family members.

“Preston, who’s biracial ― white and Filipino ― said she and other Filipino members of her family “painfully bit their tongues” in conversations when white relatives blamed Asians for COVID-19 ― or, as President Donald Trump had begun calling it, the ‘Chinese virus.’

“ ‘The last time we talked was our last attempt to get them to see how their behavior and political choices negatively impacts our family and people of color as a whole,’ said Preston, who, like others in this story, asked to use her first name only to protect her privacy.

“It ended with them again refusing to see any form of racism on their part and my Filipino family declaring that their racism was not something we could ‘agree to disagree’ about,” she told HuffPost.

“For Jerry, a conservative who works in retail and lives in the San Francisco Bay area, conversations with his family ― his brother and sister in this case ― ceased when they dropped him from their Facebook friends list and changed their phone numbers.”

These represent real problems with family relationships, and they’re not going to magically get better once President-elect Biden enters office. Read the entire article here.

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