SF residents create “Wall of Empathy” after Trump election

Photo Credit: Jeff Hunt
Photo Credit: Jeff Hunt

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON)—San Francisco residents wrote supportive notes to each other following the election of Donald Trump as U.S. President.

The walls were displayed at the 16th Street Mission, 24th Street Mission and Montgomery Street BART stations from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.

“In the wake of Tuesday’s election results, many of us have been experiencing grief and shock in various forms,” event organizers Muriel MacDonald, Tamilla Mir and Melissa Goldman said in a statement.

“The racist, sexist, xenophobic rhetoric that was a hallmark of Donald Trump’s campaign makes the results difficult for many of us to process, and have left many feeling alone, afraid or bereft,” MacDonald, Mir and Goldman said.

New York artist Matthew Chavez built a “Subway Therapy” wall in his city last Wednesday after the election results were announced.

More than 7,000 protesters participated in a peaceful march along Oakland’s Lake Merritt on Sunday as a symbol of solidarity.

“In this time when so many members of our community feel threatened, we hope our Wall of Empathy will communicate support and love, as well as help those who participate to process their feelings,” MacDonald, Mir and Goldman said. “Hate crimes and hateful rhetoric have no place in our city. We are stronger together.”

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