As a liberal thinker living in a conservative state, I have faced much backlash since Trump’s “win.” Being told to “suck it up” and “get over it” are phrases that are repeated way too often. What people are failing to realize is that I have as much of a right to voice my negative feelings about our new “president” that Trump supporters have to vocalize their admiration of the man. Being told to “keep quiet” and “stop complaining” is not representative of our country’s democracy.
We have the right to voice concerns. We have the right to express our worry and concern for the future of this country, which was founded and then built up by European immigrants.
Hillary supporters and liberal voters did not instigate violence throughout the election and post-election season. A few individuals did, but not any one party as a whole.
Our country is headed into dark times brought on by the division America created when we decided political parties were a good idea. This division between parties allows for hateful words and actions to be thrown out to opposing sides. Instead of joining together, chants such as “build the wall” and “lock her up” divide people.
Also, if Hillary getting booed at the inauguration isn’t enough to show the mindset that Trump started, then I don’t know what will.
These next four years will show the strength that so many of us minorities have. We won’t fight with violence or words, but we will fight with actions that will benefit those being oppressed. Society needs to stop sexualizing and degrading women. Society needs to quit with the racist undertones that Trump applauds. LGBTQA+ people need to join hands and show the world that Milo Yiannopoulus and Caitlyn Jenner do not reflect the thoughts and feelings of our community.
Trump is making so many nervous. He is creating discomfort and fear in this country. The “left” making their voices heard is not instigating violence — it is only us standing up for what is right.