Thelongest shutdown in the history of the United States has finally come to a close, bringing a prosperous period of compromise and camaraderie to the government. Wait, that’s not right. This is the Trump era we’re talking about.
Waking up the morning after the 2016 presidential election and hearing that Donald Trump won was heartbreaking. I had just started getting ready for school when my mom, whom I have never seen up before I leave except to get a first day of school picture, knocked on my door. She didn’t even have to say anything for me to know what happened. I walked into the other room and hugged my younger sister, then I slowly began physically and mentally preparing for school. I was scared.
It’s a conversation we’ve all had with a friend. When asked their opinion on something political, they get really quiet and bashfully utter the standard reply, “Oh, I don’t follow the news," sheepishly replying that it’s "boring," "depressing," "doesn’t affect me," "doesn’t matter," or something along those lines.
It’s the worst when it’s our friends. Because we couldn’t possibly have seen it coming, otherwise he wouldn’t be a friend. But then he tells us that the #MeToo movement is a witch hunt. He tells us that women have too much power. He tells us that he lives in fear.
So to those boys who think they have the right to tell us that they live in fear of being accused and having their lives ruined, you are wrong. You don’t even know what fear is.
We’ve had a pretty rough couple of years in American politics. Having the opportunity to elect the first female president, and instead giving power to a sexist, racist, homophobic bigot was a tough start for a presidential turnover. But then we unsurprisingly saw a rise in hate crimes and ignorant policy changes, making life even more difficult for people of color, the LGBTQ community and women all over America.
Remember back in February when we had the school shooting in Parkland and we started having protests because people were mad that, you know, kids were dying? Yeah, remember that? Do you also remember how nothing actually changed? Well, now is the time to fix that.
With midterm elections just around the corner, it’s time to recall these issues that seem to fade into the background a month after they happen and actually do something about it. The first question is: What do we do?