Grimdark Perfection

Since November 6, 2016, I’ve been vibing with Cassandra of Troy. I remember sitting outside on my parents’ porch with my mom and my sister around Christmas after the election and telling them that I felt like we had entered the darkest timeline. I remember telling them that I was afraid for the future of human rights, of the country as a whole, and that I was afraid that we would be witness to the fall of the American Empire. They laughed it off as if I were being overdramatic, but in the months and days that have passed, they’ve seen it happen.

We are watching the empire fall.

As the US holds children hostage in concentration camps, inflicting– as Julie so rightly said– epigenetic trauma on thousands of families, Americans claim that, “they broke the law.” As the US pulls out of the UN’s Human Rights Council, a political move that clearly states this administration’s complete lack of empathy, Americans make excuses about the flaws of the organization. As children bring guns to schools and murder their classmates, Americans refuse to call these acts what they are: acts of terrorism perpetrated by young white men.

The only perfect day I can imagine is one in which we, as American citizens, begin to once more value empathy and our fellow citizens.

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Kaitlyn Sage Patterson

Kaitlyn Sage Patterson grew up with her nose in a book outside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. After completing her M.F.A., she moved to South Korea, where she taught English and started writing her debut novel. THE DIMINISHED will be published by HarlequinTEEN in April 2018, followed by its sequel in 2019. When she's not staring off into space and trying to untangle some particularly troublesome plot point, she can be found in her kitchen, perfecting the most difficult recipe she can find; or at the barn, where she rides and trains dressage horses; or with her husband, spoiling their sweet rescue dogs.

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