“Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less.” – Susan B. Anthony
I really had hoped that I wouldn’t have to write about this (Especially because I am one to normally keep political opinions completely to myself). And I suppose I didn’t have to write about this topic.
But I wanted to take the time to share why exactly I woke up this morning confused and concerned. I was half awake when I read the headline “Donald Trump- Mr. President” pop across my iPhone screen.
I am sorry to be yet another person complaining about the election results. I will not say America is hopeless and that I hate this place I call home. Because I see neither of those being true.
But, I will say that although Donald Trump won the election itself, he will not silence our voices. He will not diminish the hopes, dreams, and goals of: women, LGBTQ+ members, minorities, people with disabilities, and sexual assault survivors. We all still have our actions and our words.
Our new President paints words of hatred and ignorance as a representation for this country we now live in. He has called women “disgusting” (amongst many other names). He has said that because of the fact that a female debate moderator was tough on him- she must have been menstruating (Because that is the only logical reason for a woman to be tough, clearly). We don’t need Trump to tell us, directly, how dangerous him being our leader is for women. . . He has told us, again and again.
Here are some Donald Trump Quotes I have found astonishing and disheartening…
Women: “You have to treat ’em like shit.” (New York magazine, Nov. 9, 1992)
“I don’t have a racist bone in my body.” (“Entertainment Tonight,” July 1, 2015)
“Every guy in the country wants to go out with my daughter.” (New York magazine, Dec. 13, 2004)
“… she does have a very nice figure. I’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.” (ABC’s “The View,” March 6, 2006)
But That Is The End of My Rant and stating my disagreements with Donald Trump. The rest of this post is about making it known that we have our voices. To the many women, minorities, sexual assault victims, and members of the LGBTQ+ community: the fight is not over. It has merely just begun. We are not only deserving of our rights but we are capable of achieving anything. But instead of sitting behind a computer screen complaining on and on about the results, I will use my energy to change what I can. I will use my voice to make known that nobody will be silenced. The election may have ended in defeat for one candidate, but we have not been defeated.
I couldn’t say anything better than something Hilary Clinton said herself: “let us have faith in each other. Let us not grow weary. Let us not lose heart. For there are more seasons to come and…more work to do.” We have to make a promise to one another. Mourn. Be angry. But do not break. And do not fill your hearts with hate.
To my many LGBTQ+ friends, peers, and acquaintances, who were finally feeling that equality was fully in reach; you are not alone.
To parents that can no longer use the President as a role model for their children; you are not alone. Teach them not to bully, but to be the bigger person.
To every woman out there who has been touched, looked at, raped, or forced by a man who hasn’t bothered to ask for consent; you are not alone.
To those with a disability or have a family member/friend that has a disability, know that your importance, significance, and worth is no less than anyone else’s; you are not alone.
To teachers who will have students asking about the president and his bigotry, tell them you support them: Muslim, same-sex parents, gay students, black families, female students, special-education students, immigrant families, native students, and all those who are affected; bigotry should never be tolerated and will not be tolerated in your classroom; and know that you too are not alone.
To those of you who have no words and have legitimate fear for your future; you are not alone.
With tear-stained eyes BUT a hopeful heart,
P.S. I know Mr. Trump wouldn’t be offended by my post because as he has said,“You know, it really doesn’t matter what they write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass.” (Esquire, 1991)