Donald Trump has now been the president-elect of the United States of America for about three days. No matter your political beliefs, how you feel about him, or any other factor, he will be the president and will begin his term in office after being sworn in on January 20th, 2017.
Hate is spreading in Trump’s America.
What the American citizens do have control over, is the way they treat one another– which should be with love if not at least respect. However, since the announcement of Trump winning the presidency, there have been hateful outbreaks all around the country. People against Trump have been protesting in the streets, which if peacefully, is their right under the 1st amendment. Unfortunately, that has not been the case in some situations.
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Those against a Trump-presidency aren’t the only citizens running a muck. They are the minority when it comes to the hateful fire that has swept the nation up in an ugly blaze. Many of those who stand for the worst qualities in our new president have preached racism, sexism, homophobia, and religious intolerance. These unfortunate individuals have come bursting out of the shadows, with more than just White-Supremest undertones. These individuals have shown up in full force, armed and ready to cause destruction, whether physically, mentally, or emotionally.
Now, I do not solely blame Trump for the outrageous actions some of our country’s citizens have been taking, but I will acknowledge that he was the one who knocked over the first domino that caused this chain reaction.
This election has clearly proved to be one of hate, on both sides of the spectrum. Because of this, American minorities have begun to fear for their safety, their freedom, and their lives.
Twitter alone had blown up with hateful encounters just a day after Trump’s election. From young children to grown adults, the bigotry has risen to the surface.
As absolutely upsetting as those tweets are, we cannot forget what our country was truly built on, love for our people and love for one another. We must not, under any circumstance, allow this hatred to represent who we are, who our country is. We can be angry, but we must instead fight back with something far beyond hatred– the strongest weapon we all carry within, our love and compassion.