The most effective way I can resist the wave of ignorance and prejudicial fear that ushered in the Trump era is to continue my studies, to keep writing, to teach whenever I can. That’s been my developing mantra since the initial shock and disgust of the Trump victory finally waned. Much like the presidential election of 2004, this election changed me—tempered me, made me more serious, and broadened my political perspective—even though in most ways I’m still very much the same. I still spend my days resisting ignorance. I still seek a wider understanding. I still struggle. I struggle with a lot, to be perfectly honest, but I still manage empathize with people who are nothing like me. I still manage to approach these strangers with more curiosity and compassion than fear. That’s still my default setting, after all these difficult years, and no new president of anything can change that.