I am not sure how I feel about the election really because with or without Trump, my life as an African-American male is still going to be extremely difficult and I will most definitely face oppression. There are two things that really concern me though: first, Trump is a racist, sexist, bigot, and misogynist, but yet 53% of white women still voted for Trump. This is confusing and alarming because I get the sense that by voting for Trump, women are essentially bowing down to the idea that women are inferior to men and that should not be the case. Second, because Trump is president, I think it sends the message that it is okay to speak your mind and disrespect other people’s cultures, so I am concerned about my day-to-day interactions with people who agreed with Trump’s hateful campaign and who may try to disrespect me and my culture. Although, I wish Bernie Sanders could have been my president for 2016, I just think that Trump’s presidency is another hurdle that I know I can jump over because my people have dealt with far worse and are still continuously striving to make this world a better place for everyone.
As a first time voter who poured their heart into the election process, going door to door for over 7 hours on election day with a viral infection in my throat making it painful to talk, the election results were infuriating. I voted for two qualified women on election day and three qualified men. Emily Cain and Hillary Clinton lost. I am still with her. However, I will not leave Bates College and flee to Canada as I once said I would do if he was elected. I know I said those words because I never thought this would happen, but is has. Donald Trump will be the 45th President of the United States, yet I and the millions of other people who believe in equal rights will not stop fighting. I hoped the election would be over and I could relax, but now more than ever the United States needs to stop mourning this election and start rallying against hate. Remember, we truly are stronger together.
Since Wednesday morning, America has felt like a pretty strange place to me. Growing up, so many of us get taught that the hateful ideas plaguing America’s past are nothing to be afraid of; sure, some people still hold those beliefs, but we as a society have pushed past that. The hateful, disgusting things that people have said and done to marginalized folks since Trump’s victory are a cruel reminder that those sentiments continue to exist in our country, and that victory serves as an opportunity for those who feel that hate to bring that hate to the fore. It makes me worry for our future; it’s hard to be optimistic when, in 2016, the KKK is holding a victory parade for the next president.