“Yessss!!! She won California! We’re good,” are the exact words I said to my friend on election night after Hillary Clinton won the state of California and its 55 electoral votes (because electoral votes are all that matters nowadays, right?) and I say that very sarcastically.
A few hours later, after very roller-coaster-ride-like election results for each state, here we have it- Donald J. Trump is the new President-elect of the United (lol) States of America.
I couldn’t believe it. I thought I was in a nightmare of some sort. It was 2:30am and while some results were still anticipated, I was simultaneously hanging on to a thin string of hope. The next morning I woke up and realized that string was cut, and I, along with the rest of my peers, family members, professors and supervisors hit rock bottom…
If there’s one thing you need to know about rock bottom, is that the only way is UP.
Here’s my take on it- I completely understand the pain, the rage, and the confusion, because I, myself have undergone those emotions ever since Trump won the election. But here’s the fact: DONALD J. TRUMP is going to be our new president effective January 20, 2017. As weird as it is to even type that, the only thing we can really hope for is that he actually does “good” as a president and takes a very practical and fair approach with every move he makes.
If there’s anything that America hates more than the black man, it’s a woman.
I am deeply saddened to have witnessed a white woman and a white man go head-to-head throughout their whole campaigning process and the debates. This election goes to show that no matter how many years of experience a woman has in a certain field (and in her case, she was even First Lady of the United States from 1993-2001), she will still lose to a man with no experience. A reality TV star at that. If you watched Clinton’s concession speech, you can hear the pain and angst in her voice.
“I know how disappointed you feel because I feel it too, and so do tens of millions of Americans who invested their hopes and dreams in this effort. This is painful and it will be for a long time, but I want you to remember this. Our campaign was never about one person or even one election, it was about the country we love and about building an America that’s hopeful, inclusive and big-hearted. We have seen that our nation is more deeply divided than we thought. But I still believe in America and I always will. And if you do, then we must accept this result and then look to the future. Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead.” -Hillary Clinton
I thank you, Hillary, for being brave enough to run for president despite the social stigma that surrounds your womanhood. You are a creator, and you fought until the very end and I appreciate your professionalism even when you were attacked by a man. I hope I live the day where we see a female president, and even if that means it won’t be you, just know that you opened up a platform to make women fight even harder for what they believe in. No dream is too big or too small.
We are undergoing a serious turning point in America.
(The history freak in me is eager to tell my future kids about this!)
When I was in middle school I became more familiar with what racism was, and I never thought it was something that would still exist in modern day. Let alone, I never thought it would be something I should be worried about. They say history repeats itself, and it’s starting to feel like the Jim Crow South. Crazy how I didn’t even have to time travel or even travel to the South to witness this firsthand. The horrible acts of discrimination towards our innocent people truly make my heart ache and it is also disgusting to see. I hope that my loved ones never have to go through such discrimination and I also hope that those who have undergone it, never have to go through it again.