On November 9th, 2016 Donald Trump elected President of the United States. As the election was getting started and the votes started rolling in, Hilary was winning but, I had a sinking feeling that Trump would win in the end. I did not want to believe that Americans would be dumb enough to actually vote for him, not that the other option was any better, but it’s the lesser of two evils. I wanted to give them the benefit of the doubt but, sure enough Trump won.
I can understand why someone might vote for Trump. His platform was promising more jobs, lower taxes, to push back ISIS, protect social security and more. Basically, safety and reassurance for those who are privileged enough. I tried putting myself in shoes of the audience he it trying to reach. Middle class white citizens who are able to make ends meet. Those are the ones most threatened by immigration. To them more jobs, less taxes and making America great again sounds good. Although, I can understand why many might have voted for Trump, I don’t understand how they could have ignored his racism and misogyny in order to do so.
In the few days since Trump became President. There have been many stories of increased hate against minorities: people of colour, women and LGBT all over social media. Many of the stories are shocking and makes you think how anyone can think this behaviour towards others is ok. These are just a few of the stories.
A woman had her hijab ripped off and was told to go hang herself with it in Walmart. Another Muslim woman was attacked at her college, had her hijab ripped off and her wallet stolen. An Asian man walking down the street was told to go back to his country, when he turned to walk away he was grabbed by the wrist by the same man who had yelled at him, saying “it’s rude to walk away when someone is talking to you”. A coloured baby doll was found tied up in an elevator with a rope around its neck at a college in Buffalo, NY. A note was left on an LGBT person’s car saying “can’t wait till your marriage is over turned by a real president. Gay families = burn in hell”. For some reason people now feel they are entitled to this kind of rude behaviour. This is a result of their own ignorance and demons but, Donald Trump’s campaign has been a catalyst, a spark that got the flame going.
Despite America’s political and state affairs people should be treated with respect. As a human being we are all entitled to freedom of religion, liberty, personal security, marriage and family. These are just a few of the basic human rights all humans have the right to but, for many has been threatened
I was motivated to write this today to share a message that I think is important. Even though it might seem like what goes on in the US does not affect us here in Canada, it does. There has been so much hatred in the world recently but, the message I want to convey is to strive to “be the change you wish to see in the world” (Gandhi). It may not seem like it but one person can make a huge difference. I hope this could be an inspiring and motivating message during this negative time.
As Ellen Degeneres says “be kind to one another”.
XOXO ~ Krystal-Lee