City Scapes: Morgan Mackey
Last Wednesday I woke up to the news that I never thought would happen: Donald Trump had been elected President of the United States.
I was devastated. I was preparing for the first female president and all the progress that Clinton would have brought to the White House. Yet I woke up on the morning of Nov. 9 with tears in my eyes and a heavy heart. Walking through campus on that fateful Wednesday brought an eerie feeling to everyone. We were all in shock.
In elementary school when students first learn about slavery, the Holocaust, and other national tragedies, many students are always quick to say, “if I was alive back then I would have been an abolitionist and helped to free the slaves” or, “I would have helped hide Jewish families from the Nazis.”
Well, it’s 2016 and your chance is here. We have the choice now to stand up for injustices against Muslims, women, LGBTQ+, Latinos, and people with disabilities and not let them be treated with disrespect. Just because our president- elect doesn’t have respect for people who aren’t wealthy, straight, white males doesn’t mean that the rest of America should.
I am alive today and I will not stand discrimination against minority groups. In a few decades when my future children learn about this era in American history, I will proudly tell them I fought for equal rights for everyone, not just people who look like me.
Everyone has a choice to make right now: they can either fight for equality and be on the right side of history or they can wait and have to explain to their future children why they didn’t fight for equality and why they voted for Trump. Don’t be that person. Be the person who can tell their future children, “when I saw discrimination I did something about it.”
The hatred spreading across the US is unacceptable. What had happened in the last few weeks doesn’t represent the land of the free and the home of the brave. We are a stronger nation than this, America. And if it’s one thing that the rest of the world should know about the US, it’s that we don’t give up, even when faced with hatred.