For months, the election of Donald Trump was thought of as a joke. In the primaries it was mere entertainment, by summer he had proved his point and showcased that that nothing would stand in his way, and even all of last fall hurdle after hurdle Donald Trump trudged through. The results spoke for themselves. The United States, as a nation was divided, and the Republican party was being represented by someone far outside of their own party lines, but it did count for something. People’s voices were heard — those who agreed with Trump’s rhetoric and were brought to the surface, but also those who answered had their voices heard. What Trump campaigned on and what he now stands on is a voice that is present but it has only been further legitimized under his presidency. Although the United States has been very forward thinking and in many ways has brought many people together, undertones of racism, sexism and xenophobia still exist. However, once Trump took office, these notions were legitimized. It became okay to discriminate openly and the wave of modern day civil rights was back. Supreme Court cases that have been passed decades ago were brazenly defied, consequently stripping people of rights they once had.But, every time people were stripped of their rights or their value as human was questioned by the administration as well as Trump supporters, there was a response - and a loud one at that.
Although the current president stands on a controversial ground, the question must be asked: Is a Trump presidency what people needed in order to start standing up for what they value most - namely, human rights, environmental rights, etc.? If Hillary was elected president would people so passionately to unite, to defend each other and to take political action? Or, would complacency with the current situation continue? Could a Trump presidency be the drastic driving factor that people needed to take action, to participate in walks and demonstrations, to use social media to advocate for the rights of others, and to make the calls to senators and congressmen, and to have hard conversations with people of opposing views? It might not be pretty, but maybe the marches and the coming together for many communities is the change we need to alter the future of the United States where people embrace diversity, and promote peace.
This article breaks down what Trump has accomplished in a year, how the world responded, and how more people than ever are becoming the call to action for their generation.
It has been a year since the world knew that Trump would rise to being a world leader. Since his time in office, Trump has rolled back environmental protection, increased border control, legitimized hatred and bigotry, and has divided people instead of united them. However, people are responding. They are not sitting idly - rather they are acting, they are marching, they are protesting and they will continue to do so until their voices are heard, are recognized and are met with action.
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