by: Najee Spruill
Nov. 4, 2008 Barack Obama was elected as the first African-American president of the United States. As controversial as his election was, there was one that rocked the nation in an even larger way. On Tuesday, Nov 8, 2016, Donald J. Trump Sr. was elected as the next president of the United States. Why is his election so controversial ?
For many the answer is because Trump has absolutely no political background, and that being a billionaire businessman does not qualify you to run a country. Others believe that millions of Americans elected a misogynistic, racist that is treating this entire election as a joke. Junior Rania Salah stated, “I definitely think this whole election was a joke.”
On Wednesday, Nov 9, 2016 when the American people found out that Trump would become the 45th president they went up in arms. With joy, with sadness, and some with plain fury.
Those who opposed took action. Protesters in New York, New York and Chicago, Illonis surrounded Trump’s properties chanting, “We reject the president elect!” Another protest was formed in Portland, Oregon that turned violent. According to BBC News, 4,000 protesters gathered in the center of the western city. Some protesters turned violent by smashing shop and car windows, throwing firecrackers, and set the debris on fire. The police made about 26 arrests after deciding that the “protests turned into a riot punishable as a Class C Felony”. Trump did not stay silent regarding the matter though, later tweeting, “Just had a very open and successful election. Now professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair!”
A little closer to home a group of Stuart students planned to participate a peaceful protest in front of the white house, Salah included. “Well, we’re a bunch of teenagers with different backgrounds who are really affected by the results of the election. We didn’t want a protest saying ‘trump isn’t our president’ or ‘f*** trump’ because what would that do? Instead we protested the hate, racism, sexism, and all other negativity he brought into people’s hearts.” Salah goes on to say, “Surprisingly, we got a decently sized crowd, and by the end we had more than 200 people there. We called small groups of protesters that were for women, LGBT, and Black lives Matter, and protested all that together.”
Undeniably, a very large amount of people are unhappy about, what they believe to be the unjust election of Trump as president. For everyone that is upset, spread love, not hate. Have discussions with people of different opinion and try to see things from their point of view.
Protesters in Washington DC chant “No Trump, no hate, no KKK, no racist USA” to show their views on Donald Trump winning the 2016 presidential race. Video by Rania Salah.