So, Hi! I am new to Ello and want to start posting my work, so I decided on an article that I wrote a few months back. Back in December of 2016, I wrote an article about the recent election for my school newspaper. It took me quite some time to write this article, given that I was still in distress about the election results. However, I eventually was able to write my mind and express my opinions:
I believe in the power of love, tolerance, respect and knowledge. I believe that living and acting from these principles fosters communities, builds strength and helps us all live to our fullest potential as we help each other be better every day. The election of Donald Trump seemed to me to be contrary to all of these principles. I saw daily on the news and read online messages of hate, intolerance, prejudice and ignorance and felt that these principles were becoming more prevalent in our society. This was deeply troubling. I feared that these principles might take over and found this to be unbelievable because they are so opposite to what our country stands for. Freedom of speech and honoring the richness of diversity and giving shelter to the oppressed are all what America stands for, what we were founded on. I was so scared that this might slip away. Will immigrants still be welcome into America and continue to work and make a better life for their own families while, also bringing with them the beautiful richness of their culture and coloring our landscape with the diversity they bring? Should young girls lose hope that the invisible "glass ceiling" will ever be broken? Will minority religions continue to be free to practice their religion without fear of persecution, prejudice or even violence? Will the progress that African Americans have made step back? Will love really win?
Since the night of November 9 hate crimes have increased across the country. According to The Economist, a credible, balanced, and respected source, hate crimes in the New York area alone have increased 35% since 2015. “On the morning of November 18, two swastikas and the words ‘Go Trump’ were found daubed in a children’s playground in Brooklyn. This is one of 360 hate crimes being investigated by New York’s police in 2016. On December 5, The New York Post, as well as many other news sites, reported a particularly disturbing hate crime in NYC. The Post reported, “A Muslim New York City Transit employee who was wearing a hijab with her uniform was injured when she was pushed down the stairs at Grand Central Terminal Monday morning by a man who called her a “terrorist,” officials said. The 45-year old woman was on her way to work at 6:20 a.m. when the man confronted her on the 7 train. “You’re a terrorist and you shouldn’t be working for the city,” the hate-monger spewed at her while the two were on the train, as he jabbed at her MTA patch. He followed her off the train and pushed her down the stairs. Her knee and ankle were injured and she was taken to NYU Langone Hospital.” Though hate crimes against Muslims have been on the rise, other minorities have also been targets. Though part of me is quick to label Trump a racist, that would not be fair. It is Trump’s hateful rhetoric that fueled anti-immigrant sentiments throughout his campaign, and that is what has created an environment that seems to encourage and tolerate the racist behavior in a small but disturbing trend. The very idea that an individual in power can promote, however indirectly, racism against certain minority groups is terrifying.
I still believe in our democracy, and I believe that our democracy will prevail. America is split in two at the moment, but the one thing that unites us all is our democracy. I believe that the stage of living in fear and grief is over, and the next step in these next four years is to take action and never stop fighting for the rights of all people.
I believe in loving and having faith in all people. I would like to think that all people have good intentions and want the best for their families and loved ones. I would like to believe that everyone in this country can find optimism. I believe that the individuals in power should not determine how we perceive other people and the world. The individuals in power should not tell us who to hate and who to love. We all have the constitutional right to freedom of speech and freedom of thought. So as we progress through these next 4 years, we must take the hand of our neighbor, take the hands of the people who we consider strangers, and progress to love and embrace the different nature of who we are, and what we believe in. We must come together and embrace each other and learn to be tolerant. Because nobody is tolerant until you embrace the world with wisdom and without judgement. One month later, I can say that America is going to be okay.
At the end of this article, I state how I believe that America is going to be okay. With recent events, my ideology that America is going to be okay is being challenged with the GOP's health care bill. Under the GOP's health care bill, 22 million Americans would lose health insurance. To prevent the bill from passing, here is a website that instructs how civilians can help block this bill and save millions of people. :: https://www.indivisibleguide.com/resource/stop-trumpcare-june-action-plan/
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