There Are Still Great Things That Came Out of the 2016 Election

There Are Still Great Things That Came Out of the 2016 Election

If you were disappointed with Trump being elected, here are some things that may cheer you up

After a long fought battle, Hillary Clinton has lost the 2016 Presidential election. Many took to the streets to show their anger over the outcome of Donald Trump being elected. Others took to social media. While this was all going on, there are still good things that came from this years election that seem to have lost the spot light due to the controversy. These are some history making moments, as well as some moments that made communities all over the nation happy.

Pat McCrory is no longer governor of North Carolina:

The 2016 has been anything but good for LGBTQ rights. Earlier this year, Pat McCrory passed House Bill 2, which took away local nondiscrimination ordinances and stated that transgender people had to use the bathroom that matched the gender on their birth certificate. This bill was very unpopular and not only caused many protests to break out, but the state also lost a lot of money. LGBT people in North Carolina no longer have to worry about Pat McCrory, because he has lost the race for re-electing him as governor of North Carolina to Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper. Roy Cooper has refused to defend HB2. Cooper made it clear to voters that he would not defend HB2 if he was elected.

History was made when Ilhan Omar became the nation's first Somali-American legislator:

After Donald Trump used his campaign to vilify refugees trying to seek a safe place, it has come as a huge victory that Ilhan Omar become the fist American-Muslim woman legislator in Minnesota. She is a 33 year old former refugee who wears a Hijab. Her first words “We will continue to build a more prosperous and equitable district, state and nation where each and every one of us has opportunities to thrive and move forward together.” She said after her victory.

Recreational Marijuana is now legal is a handful of states:

Following in Washington and Colorado's 2012 decision, California, Nevada, Massachusetts, and Maine have legalized the use of recreation marijuana. Colorado and Washington have greatly benefited since legalizing weed in 2012. Not only did it end the prohibition of a widely used substance, but it also brought $135 million into state coffers in 2013 for Colorado. States that legalized medical marijuana this year are Florida, Arkansas, North Dakota and Montana.

The First Latina was elected to US Senate:

Catherine Cortez Masto made history when she was elected as the first Latina into United States senate. She is a former Nevada attorney general and the granddaughter of a Mexican immigrant. She energized Latinos in her state to vote by taking against Donald Trump's immigration plan. "I want you to know that this is not my win, this is our win." Cortez Masto said in her victory speech.
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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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Social Control

According to Merriam Webster, social control is "the rules and standards of society that circumscribe individual action through the inculcation of conventional sanctions and the imposition of formalized mechanisms." Social norms, rules, laws, and structures within a society are just a few of the methods that keep our society "in-line".


Informal vs Formal

There are two types of social control. There is informal social control which is enforced by family, peers, teachers, etc. and is often referred to as "socialization". Informal social control refers to values, norms, and belief systems of a society. Then there is formal social control which is enforced by the government through police and military. Formal social control refers to laws of society and topics such as terrorism.

For more information regarding informal and formal social control, check out: Definition of Social Control

Positive Social Control

Positive social control is related to the idea of getting rewarded for good work, rather than be hurt for doing something wrong.

For example, you will be given a raise at work if you prove you deserve it, but you will not be tortured if you don't take that extra step. Socialization is the primary way that social order is kept, and is a perfect example of positive social control. There is also a physical organization to society that keeps everything in harmony. Traffic signals, paved roads, and crosswalks are just a few examples of how physical additions to our everyday lives work together to avoid conflict.

There are many benefits that come along with positive social control as well. Raises, bonuses, and praise are all rewards that come along with following rules and norms.

Negative Social Control

Negative social control is related to the idea of discrimination and/or shame. It uses harsh punishment, torture, pressure, and/or threats to keep the peace and order rather than rewarding good behavior.

For example, Hitler used violence and discrimination to keep the Jews "under control" during the Holocaust.

For more information regarding positive and negative social control, check out: Types of Social Control Formal & Informal, Positive & Negative

Examples of Social Control

Religious Social Control

People who follow a religion tend to develop morals and behavior patterns based on what their religion preaches. These people will avoid committing crimes, hate-speech, or anything else their religion deems as "sinful" in order to avoid punishment during or after their death. Many people tend to believe that religion was created with the sole purpose to control people and keep the social order, while dedicated followers beg to differ.

Economic Social Control

Economic social control is attainable by controlling production or controlling an entire society through their economics (cutting off food supplies, stealing from the poor, etc.) Richer people and industrialists tend to control the lower class and their consumers through status and money.

Wealth = Power

Political Social Control

Political social control is the most influential type of social control. The government regulates money, sources and supplies, the laws, police forces, and many more which when put all together becomes social control. The government balances every aspect of what creates harmony and peace within a society, protecting the people from anarchy.

For more information regarding examples of social control, check out:: Social Control: Meaning, Types and Unfavourable Effect

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