I AM CONFUSED, LOST, AND IN SHOCK that Donald Trump just became the 45th president of the United States of America! I really don’t know what to make of this whole thing, right now. It is strange, ridiculous, and beyond my human capacity of understanding. And this truly defies and throws into question everything that I’ve been taught as a child—-like, to be kind to others, that good things happen to good people, and that I should treat other people the way that I would like to be treated. This will certainly take some time to get used to. Moving forward, though, I know that I am not going to be alone when I say this; that a lot of us—-on either side of the political spectrum—-are gonna have to rethink our basic and fundamental values.
And while we’re at it, can someone please explain to me how 63 percent of white men voted for this guy? or, even worse, how did 53 percent of white women voted for him? Have they forgotten that this was/is the same guy who, at one point, refused to pay his undocumented Polish workers back in 1998? The same guy who called for 11 million undocumented Mexicans to be deported back to Mexico? The same guy who blatantly offended Mr. Khizr Khan, the father of a Muslim American soldier who’s son died to protect his unit? And the same guy who encouraged his supporters to “carry” black people out on a “stretcher” at his rallies?
But yet, those same white people who voted for him will turn around and say that Donald Trump winning had nothing to do with race—-but everything to do with protecting our country and making it “Great Again.” But we, who our parents taught us not to hate, and we, who hold these words of Martin Luther King Jr., to be true, that our “children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character,” know what they meant when they said “Make America Great Again.”
This entire thing has been about race since the beginning and there is no one who can tell us otherwise. We know that when they say “Make America Great Again” that it doesn’t involve people of color, but people that are feeling anxious and nervous about the cultural shifts in America. Despite all of their selfish anxieties, the true and inescapable reality, which a lot of them who voted for Donald Trump were/are afraid of, is that in the year 2030 our great country will be more diverse and multi-cultural—according to current projections from the U.S. Census Bureau. And in addition to that, Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist has noticed that demographically, our country is “only going to get gayer, blacker, browner, more Asian;” and that women of all ethnic backgrounds are going to break all barriers that ought to be broken. In his view, no amount of hate or indifference can stop what is soon to be inevitable. Therefore, the question becomes; how much change can straight white men and white people handle, he wondered?
Although Jose Antonio Vargas posed a great question for all of us who aren’t benefiting from white privilege and aren’t a part of the white-male stereotype to think about, I disagree with what he is trying to insinuate; i.e. white men or white people are the enemies of change. And it’s not that at all. What is the problem, however, is that it seems like some of us were taught as a child to love, respect, and appreciate the differences in other people, while the rest of us missed out on those important and fundamental lessons. So you see, it is not a group of people that are at fault here, but rather, the apocryphal stories of hate, intolerance, and superiority that they were brought up with as a child.
So in view of this, the real question then becomes; can we, who were taught to love, respect, and etc, re-teach those who missed such fundamental lessons? And the good news is, yes we can! And not only can we do that, but we must—-because the projections of our society is depending on us to do so. Now, if you’re like me and your wondering; where do we go from here?…..my response would be that we go out and show those people who weren’t properly taught how to love and respect; some f*cking love and respect! And while we’re at it, show them that we will not tolerate bigotry, misogyny, racism, Islamophobia, homophobia, anti-immigrant rhetoric, etc, etc, etc.