“I’ve said from the beginning, ours was not a campaign but rather an incredible and great movement made up of millions of hardworking men and women who love their country and want a better, brighter future for themselves and for their family,” he said. “While the campaign is over, our work on this movement has really just started.”-Donald Trump during his victory speech.
I cannot help but feel an eerie sense of uncertainty tonight. Many Americans have taken to social media to discuss their disdain for the way the election has turned out. Donald Trump is the 45th President of the United States. I can only say that; we are all shell-shocked. Some of us are mourning the soon departure of President Barack Obama and family. Some of us are thinking of ways to escape to Canada? (There website has crashed by the way) Some of us are thinking of ways to contribute to the campaign and others are truly grieving.
What does this mean for women, minorities, the LGBT community and any person who feels marginalized? Any person that Donald Trump has invalidated, devalued and disrespected during his campaign. Where do we go from here and how do we accept a President who has been outspoken and has said some of the most sexist, bigoted and misogynistic things ever. How do we gain trust for someone who openly has a disdain for minorities? In the words of Maya Angelou, “When someone shows you who they are the first time, believe them.”
The results from this election mean we must come together to ensure that our voices and issues are heard. We must fight harder for the issues that this administration will not pay close attention too. This election, my friends, is a telling sign of what our nation thinks of people who chase after the American dream rather than sit back and blame others for their misfortunes. This election was won because a significant group of people felt that their voices weren’t being heard. In a CNN poll, it was stated that more than 60% of the people who voted for Trump were people without college degrees and although I do not think college is for everyone, this way of thinking is significant. These people feel mistreated and disenfranchised. I am by no means for or against Hilary but seeing that she didn’t win, this article isn’t about her.
This time in our history, is teaching us that we must educate Americans about the American political process. That we must learn how to coexist with differing views and be able to express those views in a way that do not elicit pain or cause disrespect. We already know that Trump’s supporters will be celebratory. As the opposite team, we must shake hands and commend them for a job well done. We must not be disrespectful. We must show civility in a time of duress.
Regardless if you were a Clinton, Trump or Sanders supporter, what’s at stake here is that we need to change the face of diplomacy in order to see 4 years of a Trump Administration prevail and benefit all of us. We cannot go back in time. We cannot reverse the shock and dismay that some of us feel but what we can do is reflect back on what our ancestors did. We become a movement and push back for policies that will bring about the American dream for all of us!
Unity is strength, division is weakness. -Swahili proverb
-Kerri L. Hill