Section: Opinion

Election necessitates strength, compassion

Wednesday, Nov. 9 might have been one of the scariest days for America. It is scary to our country, to democracy, to the LGBTQ+ community, African-Americans, Latinos, women, Muslims, immigrants and so many others. If I were to take the time to list them all, I would probably take up the entire Collegian.
Watching the news, or talking to our friends, the question “where do we go from here?” is commonly asked. But I want to focus on where we, Kenyon College, go. This place is founded on our community. I am sure at many of our peer institutions they can boast similar class sizes, accessibility to professors, an incredible education — the list goes on and on. Some of our peer institutions can also boast a larger endowment, more selective majors, a prestigious and recognizable name, a town with more than three restaurants, etc. But what they can’t beat us on, and never will, is our community.
We are all drawn to this Hill for some indescribable sense of place. A community that eats together, studies together, laughs together, loves together and mourns together. Now, more than ever, we need to stress that. We need to take our community and make it even stronger, more loving, accepting and kind.
I will never fully understand the sufferings of every student on this Hill, but we need to come together as an even stronger community.
The Cove might be destroyed, Sendoff might be canceled, the library might get knocked down, but no Electoral College decision or federal law will ever remove our community. No vote can change how much we all love, care for or support each other.
Stay together, stay united and may God bless America.
Phillip Gray Clark ’17 is a history and Russian area studies major from Atlanta, Ga. Contact him at


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