Written by Kimberly Aguilar, student submission
“Make America great again.”
For many people in the United States, the outcome of this election comes nothing close to Donald Trump’s popular campaign slogan. For immigrants, African-Americans, the LGBTQ community, and many more minority brothers and sisters, this can be either the beginning of revolutionary times or another dark period for those who have been harshly relegated. In the end, this is nothing the resilient people of America cannot handle.
In 2015, Bernie Sanders announced his campaign sparking inspiration and passion into many like a million fire ants clustering around a crack on wood. Although he did not win the vote of America, he truly won the heart of Americans. His unforgettable presence in the race made way for unspoken discussions on debt-free college, Wall Street reformations, and most importantly redirecting money from politics into the restoration of democracy.
His loss against Hillary Clinton extinguished the fire in millennials rooting for change, but his campaign sparked enlightenment and fueled the fight against a crooked system. Ultimately, it may be conclusive that Bernie’s philosophy resonated with voters due to Trump’s victory. It was built on anger at the Washington establishment, political elites, and the media which led to his election as the new President of the United States. This new fire has engulfed many like a raging fever leaving people in the midst of what is going to feel like an eternal flame of uncertainty.
It is now the duty of Anti-Trump supporters to face the clouds and find the silver lining. There is more to just believing that there is light at the end of a dark tunnel. Most importantly, it is about picking yourself back up and seizing that opportunity to reach the light.
Hilary Clinton made history as the first woman to be chosen to run for the highest office by a major party in the United States. This victory inspired women everywhere to continue the fight for “no ceilings” because the sky is the limit.
Bernie Sanders tackled topics that brought the youth into the primaries and surpassed 2 million donations without a super PAC. He made so without billionaires’ contributions making #peoplepower a trending topic.
Last but not least, Donald Trump became the first elected president to ever hold office without any political or military experience opening future doors for people who lack the typical “presidential résumé” but feel they can make a difference for their country.
With Trump’s win, the world began to hear the crackling of the fire, but louder than anything else were the pounding hearts of many scared Americans.
California’s busy city streets remained quiet on election day as staff in Univision roamed the hallways in disbelief, trying to cope with what feels like a tragic loss in the family. People in New York take to Union Square Park chanting “we reject the president-elect” while “He’s racist, He’s racist. He doesn’t represent us” echoes in Seattle. Eyes swell with panic and pain over the pungent reality of America’s next four years to come.
Schools across the nation have addressed concerns by sending mass emails to their students. In California, Loyola Marymount University’s president of Associated Students, Lash Nolen, wrote “We will continue to work for justice and unity. It is imperative we support our community as we reflect on the election results. We will engage in brave dialogue and stand in solidarity as we move forward together.”
Nolen was in disbelief this election had inflicted so much pain and fear to his student body. “As we process our emotions, I remind myself of President Snyder’s challenge to imagine LMU as a circle, and then imagine no one standing outside it,” he says, “Whatever our personal identities, our respect, and care for one another must always win out.”
One thing to remember with our unprecedented victor Donald Trump is that not all of his supporters represent his divisiveness. Like us, they are human, but most of all, our fellow Americans who feel patriotism and fear the same way we do—preyed upon by what seemed like the lesser of two evils.
Hillary Clinton has asked people to accept Trump with an open mind, but in the words of Maya Angelou, “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
President Donald Trump has liberated people from their own fears and the people of this country know they are powerful beyond measure. This is the time to spread love and rejoice in the presence of what makes America the land of the free and the home of the brave—the people. Thousands of years from now one can only hope this new period will go down as another moment of America’s finest hours.