It was Wednesday, November 9th. The air was filled with a mist of emotions from the results of the election last night. You could feel the unspoken emotions of Trump being the president-elect, whether you were for or against him. It was a weird vibe, something so indescribable.
I kept to myself and focused on trying to get through the day. As I walked through a crowd of people, I heard, "Start packing your bags, girl. You're next to get kicked outta here!"
I felt like this was just yesterday. I felt like it was just yesterday that I was in utter disbelief that someone would even have the audacity to say something like that. I was in such shock that I hesitated to turn around to reveal the face behind such disgusting and disrespectful words like that. As I turned around, I heard the group that I walked past start laughing.
Now, I am someone who does not really speak much of her opinions, being that I've seen and heard so many disagreeing conversations that never ended up nice about our political world. But this? This made me realize that regardless of whether I speak up about what I believe, there will still be people who disagree with me silently. There will always be people who be willing to say inappropriate comments to me because of what they believe is right. So screw keeping quiet, here's a piece of my mind.
To the person who said I was next to get kicked out, and to the group that started laughing - I wish I could have the words to describe how disgusted I am with you all. I could be like you guys and scoop down to your level to say something degrading to you, but I won't because I am better than that. What I will do is try to make sense of the point you were trying to make to me (unsuccessfully) and show you how ignorant you all are.
Did you say that I was next because I'm Asian? Because I'm not the "typical American" you want me to be? Or maybe because you assume that my parents are immigrants, and what if they are? For all that it matters, my parents are hard-working people who busted their asses to build a family here. And most importantly, they taught me about respect for others -- respect for people like you who do not deserve my respect. Or do you not need my respect? Perhaps, because I'm a woman? Does that make me lesser of you all?
Yes, I am Asian. Yes, I am a woman. But I am no lesser of you. I work as hard as you, if not even harder because I have people like you looking down upon me. I fight for the things that I want in my life because people like you believe that I get the "easy way out" and "cheat the system." I do just as much as you to get to where I am today. And most importantly, I am someone who will not discriminate someone because they are different from me. I am someone who respects others for who they are, regardless of where they are from. I am someone who makes her opinions about someone from their personality, not because of what they look like. But you guys?
You guys are cowards. You all are the type of people who make this world so scary. No, we're not scared of you in that you're a "higher authority," because you're not, but because you are the people who takes the love and unity out of this nation. You make us lose hope that things will get better. You are a generation in this nation that the newer generations will have to look at. You boost your own self-esteem and identity by trying to take someone else down. Now that we have someone of authority who is advocating in banning and removing certain people from America, you take that as an initiative to make it OK to say such a low-blow comment. If you're saying this to me, what else are you saying to those being targetted right now? What makes it OK for you to say this to someone? Because you don't look like them? Please remember that they did not choose to be born as who they were. What if you were in their position? How would YOU feel?
I didn't choose to be born as who I am. But even if I did, I would still choose to be who I am now because I am proud of who I am. I may not look like you, but I am still an American. You are not better than me. I am better than you because I am not someone filled with such ignorance, disrespect, and insensitivity to someone that you don't even know.
So no, I am not "next to get kicked out." I am staying here, and I am going to speak up for myself everytime someone like you says comments like that. I am going to stand along with everyone else who are victims of you all. Together and united, we will fight for what's right, and we'll win.