From The Editors

Dear Readers,

The mission of Us Rotten Kids is to tell the human story of the millennial electorate during the Trump era. In this first issue, we have chronicled 11 autobiographical accounts of young Americans considering the implications of a Trump presidency. A common thread of uncertainty, fear, and renewed political fervor runs deep. And, indeed, these are the same forces that brought our editorial board to create this zine.

Pundits, pollsters, and political elites flagrantly misdiagnosed the national mood this election, assuring the country of a Clinton presidency. But, their data somehow neglected the economic frustration of the white populist voting blocs led by Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. They also miscalculated the way in which The Donald’s rampant bigotry excited segments of his base to come out to vote. Established media proved themselves incapable of depicting the American reality by mechanical, data-driven means. The faces behind those numbers have complex feelings that clearly cannot be recorded with facts and figures.

Therefore, Us Rotten Kids presents a reactionary, if not archaic, method to capture how our country truly feels: let the people have the floor. If we neglected to humanize the electorate during the election, we must do so in the aftermath by giving people space to speak up. In this zine, we will share and read personal accounts of anxiety and fear and hope and change; thereby capturing the true mood of millennials in this political moment and those to follow.

To the readers and contributors: let this be a space for dialogue, understanding, and emotional expression. Allow yourself to learn from each others’ stories and feel more united, coast to coast and everywhere in between. Most importantly, may these stories galvanize all of us toward grass-roots activism as we figure out what to do next: Protest, Organize, Vote, Make Art. Scream your bloody head off.

Whatever it is you do, we want to inspire you to do more of it because Progress… it’s up to us.

In Solidarity,

Us Rotten Kids

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