Within days of the election, Americans noticed an influx of xenophobic imagery and rhetoric, some of it concentrated in high schools. For many students belonging to marginalized groups, their schools no longer felt as safe because of the recent racist incidents — but their peers and their teachers are coming to their aid.
Thousands of students across the U.S. staged walkouts in protest of bigotry and fear in the past few days. Professors and educational professionals are finding ways to make their voices heard too.
In New York City, a teacher posted a note on a school door to celebrate inclusion in classrooms. The teacher's friend, Micah Sifry, posted the note to Twitter on Monday.
"I love my Muslim students," the note reads. "I love my black students. I love my Hispanic students. I love my gay students. I love my disabled students. I love my poor students. I love all of my students and I will fight for you, no matter what."
The teacher's note also concludes with a message of hope.
"And if he, or anyone else builds that wall, or any wall between us, I will teach my students how to tear it down," the note reads.
As of Tuesday, the post has received over 2,900 likes on Twitter.