To start, I hate it.
I hate Donald Trump and everything that he stands for—racism, sexism, and, in most cases, rich, white supremacy. He represents so much of what we as a nation claim to have overcome.
It feels sad and embarrassing to be an eighteen-year-old woman of color in 2017 after the extensive amounts of oppression that Trump has portrayed, which affect myself and my community. I feel disgusted that we women once again have sat back and let the man take power. I feel disgusted that we have elected Trump to be our leader while he has, time and time again, degraded us as people. Most of all, I feel disgusted with my peers who have watched Trump harass women and continue to support him. Honestly, the fact that some of my friends voted for Trump makes me view them differently.
Trump is not only antiwoman; he is also antifeminist. Essentially none of his values reflect equality. He hasn’t said much about the LGBTQ community either, aside from his removal of the federal support for no-gender restrooms. Some people argue that because he has not personally taken a negative stance against the LGBTQ community (and because did not repeal Obama’s protective executive order), he is in acceptance of gays. NO! His actions are wrong! Ignoring the issues that LGBTQ individuals face regularly is as bad as oppressing them. Plus, does his silence on this truly make up for his lack of support? Absolutely not.
Donald Trump is basically the perfect representation of White supremacy in America: he blames our “faults” on Hispanic, Black, and Muslim cultures. The mere idea that he segregates these people is disturbing. If our country is so great, why are we surprised at high rates of immigration? If we are so fed up with “illegal immigrants,” why don’t we develop a better system to legalize these individuals faster? Relatedly, how does skin color or religion have anything to do with criminal motive?
I feel indescribably upset about Trump, who I will never call my president. We cannot continue to be quiet or divided if we want the state of our country to improve. Rather, we need to stand together and fight for what we dream of becoming, just as our ancestors in history have done.
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