By Laura Gallegos, El Popo Staff
No one was prepared for the election of Donald Trump as the President-Elect of the United States, including Mr. Trump himself and his staff. The People, with an uneasy feeling pitted at the bottom of their stomachs, took it upon themselves to hit the streets, uniting and uprising into proclaimed Anti-trump protest. Many felt compelled to join; including myself. What America told minorities and other groups of people targeted during the President elect’s campaign was that a majority of it did not care about them or want them to continue to be a part of the country.
The spirits of individuals that thought they were accepted in America were broken the following day. However, many realized that they were not going to be bystanders of the social injustices that were proposed by Trump and his team. We saw that many Trump followers now wanted any person they felt to be a “threat”, to be rid of. It is fair to say that white America felt the need to lash out behind the mantra, “take back America and make it great again.” This country has been divided since it came into fruition but we had gotten over many social inequalities in the last 200 years. This election has in some way undermine much of the progress done to make everyone equal in a country that was deemed the “melting pot” for as long as it’s been the United States of America.
Protestors do not represent hate; they are actually standing up against it. What Trumps campaigned on and apparently represents, is falsely allowing people to think that it’s okay to tell their fourth grade classmate to “go back to their country”. These same people turn and use the N-word to offend African-Americans because somehow we have returned to some mentality of the slave era, or tell a person with a Hijab that they’re apart of ISIS. No, as protestors we stand up for those that are being hounded by Trump and his posse full of hate and incompetence.
The energy in the crowd was electrifying and empowering not only to those in it but to those watching from their windows or sidewalks. To see that so many people together around you with this tireless drive to also stand up against hatred was something that must be experienced to truly understand. We are not a bunch of whiny cry baby liberals, we understand what the constitution stands for and what our founding fathers meant when they wrote the first amendment which states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” Protests have spurred across the nation and drawn thousands of people to these crowds to continue to march and shout what the other side so badly wants to take from us.
Many are pointing fingers and scolding us via online or social media saying things such as ‘they’re just a bunch of crybaby millennials that have always gotten what they wanted by throwing tantrums. I have even read things to the extent of “This could be the easiest round up of illegals ever the police should be thanking them all for surrendering” said Marnita Lynette Dixon on a live Facebook stream for ABC-7 News. Does the comment not sit well? You’re not alone. It seems like those upset with protestors are also a part of the fraction of Americans that have forgot the President of the United States of America, and leader of the free world, should not represent racism, sexism, bigotry, misogyny, homophobia, and white supremacy.
In the protestors defense, many of us there were of different races, backgrounds, ages, classes, and distinct groups from numerous communities, but we had one belief in common: Hate cannot and will not win. All these people walking for hours high-fiving those sitting in their cars, chanting “say it loud say it clear, immigrants are welcome here” were unified at a level that one could compare it to an ecstatic and clear state of mind. Those protests are not due to the fact that Hillary didn’t win. They’re in response to those that went out and voted against a woman that was obviously qualified and experienced to ensure that their white privilege was protected by Trump and his elected officials. The amount of hatred that people have shown in society has been on the up-rise since they gave Trump a platform and an audience.
Finally, these protestors deserve more respect than what people are giving them sitting behind their computer screens writing hateful and racist comments about them, these “protestors” are out in the community voicing their beliefs organized and peacefully. Part of the problem with today’s society is those that feel they are entitled to put others down via Facebook, twitter, blogs etc. These protestors are being active in a country that supports freedom of speech and protests are one for of expressing their ANTI-HATE beliefs.
So those of you still wondering why Donald Trump actually won let’s look at the bottom line; White America fears having to share its privileges with the rest of America.