Hopefully It’ll Be Okay…
Trump was elected. Whether that’s terrifying to gratifying to you, it’s true. We need to accept that, and unite for positive change in the years to come. Voice editor Renae Reints shares her fears, hopes, and advice for the future.
Let me introduce myself; I am a white, cis-gender, straight female. I attend a private university in the heart of a city, and I grew up in an upper middle-class family. Since Donald Trump was elected president, I fear for my rights and safety as a woman, and I fear for the future of the environment.
And I am so fucking privileged that these are the only two troubles that affect me directly.
The results of this election terrify me. Not because I worry for myself, but because I worry for my friends. For my peers. For the humans I walk past every day who are fighting some unknown battle. For the people across the country who don’t feel welcome.
Trump threatens the rights of women, LGBTQ+ persons, Muslims, people of color, immigrants, and disabled people. His actions will affect gun laws, healthcare, environmental progress, and national debt. He sends the message that it’s okay to be dismissive of the needs of minorities and that it’s not terrible to treat women like objects.
That being said, Donald Trump was elected as the next president of the United States. Yes, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote (just by roughly 1%), but our democracy functions on the electoral college system. If the electors follow the predicted verdict, as they always have, Donald Trump was fairly elected. This we must accept.
Thus I reject the #notmypresident campaign. Because while I am mortified by the idea of that man in office, we must stand by our nation’s foundation. I am a citizen of the United States, and it is very likely Donald Trump will be my president. I can reject this idea all I want, but the reality of it changing is very slim.
We must fight Trump’s actions, not his existence. For every piece of legislature that threatens the safety of our loved ones, friends, and even strangers, we can protest. We can call our representatives, and let them know our views. We can unite and make our voices heard. But let’s speak with sense, with power.
I know we are angry. I know it’s easy to insult and vilify those who voted for Trump. But that time has passed, and only more harm will come if divisions deepen. We must listen, communicate, attempt to understand, and discuss fair solutions. Enough with the “us versus them” mentality. We are one nation, with one president. We need to create a world for all of us.
That includes third-party voters. Everyone deserves the right to vote for the candidate they believe in. Do not shame someone for supporting their beliefs, as long as those beliefs do not harm another.
To those who do support Donald Trump, I implore you to recognize the privilege with which you live your life. I’m sure you’ve suffered injustices, and I’m sure you had your reasons for voting the way you did. But imagine your life from the eyes of another – from a different color, religion, or sexual orientation. Would you feel safe under Donald Trump’s presidency? Every single person in this nation deserves the right to walk without fear.
We are humans. We are equals. Let’s act like it.
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