The day has finally come. Donald Trump is officially now our 45th president of the United States. While it has brought joy to few and sadness to many, this is not the end. As JFK once said, "Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate."
First of all, I do not hate Trump. I hate the fact that he is the man who opened a side of America I thought was left in the 1970s. I have seen hate towards races, immigrants, women and anyone else who isn't a part of the white privileged. I've been called a wet back. I have received many dirty looks that because of my physical traits — you can tell I am of Mexican descent. I have been called a cry baby for speaking my mind on issues that Donald Trump and some of his followers ignorantly see as jokes. I have been told I am wasting my time.
As a future educator, as a future mother, I'm going to stand up with the rest of minorities against bigotry. Especially since the area of education that I want to be involved in is Special Education. Especially since I came from a public school. Especially because I am tired of the working middle class being called lazy. I am tired of educators being treated like complete shit. I am tired because there are people that contribute so much to this country, just to be taken advantage of. I am tired of seeing the fear of undocumented families because of the high chance they have of being separated.
I want a future and an America that benefits everyone, especially for minorities. I want to see comprise and opposite parties working together instead of blaming each other for the damage that they both share. No more violent protests, no more name-calling on social media. Grow up and get your shit together. We should not be working against each other, but if Trump or anyone else works against the middle class, I, along with many other politicians and citizens, will not stand for it.
We are the UNITED States of America, a country that in order to work needs to be in unity. LGBTQ community, DACA students, undocumented families, women, educators, children, and anyone else who is afraid, you are not alone. Do not fear because you must remain strong. Know there are people out there fighting with and for you.
Lastly, do not look at these issues through one perspective. Put yourself in the shoes of those who are affected, not just how it will affect you. In these next four years, I want to see unity, progression, and compassion. No more hate on either side, no more pride. Educate yourselves on these issues. Educate your peers. Do not be afraid to let your voice be heard. Do not let the ignorance fill you with fear or hate. Because if someone can fill you this easily with these emotions, you are not strong enough to defend the progressive movement you want. And the progress that has been made, will be brought several steps back. Always remember, love trumps hate.