Using Your Voice During Turbulent Times
No one can deny that we live in turbulent, uncertain times. After so much progress, the election of President Trump seems like a giant step backwards to many. A lot of minorities in the U.S. are scared that the progress they’ve fought to secure is going to be wiped away, and they are right to be worried. What people forget to remember, though, is that there is still hope.
In the face of potential oppression, it is important to remember that resistance is crucial. Peaceful resistance can take any form from marching through the streets to making music. Any form of expression is an acceptable way to fight what you believe is wrong.
Everyone is entitled to their own political opinion, and regardless of who you voted for, thank you for carrying out your civic duty by doing so. With that being said, we as a people will not and can not allow bigotry and anger in our country. We are better than that.
Now is as great a time as ever to fight the changing tide in our nation. As ways that we all thought were dead and gone start to re-emerge (white supremacy, racism, sexism etc.), it is important to band together and show that our country is one that will not tolerate hate and oppression.
Exercise your First Amendment right to free speech. It’s one of the greatest gifts you can ask for. If you’re an artist, create. If you’re a writer, write. If you’re a musician, make music. Not all forms of protest have to be traditional. Support journalists. We are here to serve you. Read often from multiple news sources. Stay educated with political happenings. Don’t let the passion we are feeling now die. And, don’t give in to fear.
As we have seen with the women’s marches around our nation, there is strength in numbers and more importantly, there is an outpouring of love and support for all of our fellow citizens. To our black friends, we love you. To our Muslim friends, we love you. To our LGBTQIA+ friends, we love you. America is a melting pot, and that’s what makes our country great. There is no need to “Make America Great Again.” It is the mixture of many cultures and peoples in our land that have already made America great, and it is only going to get better.
I leave you with these reminders: If you are afraid, you are not alone. If you are upset with this shift of power, resist by any peaceful means. Times of turmoil create beautiful art, so contribute what you can. Lastly, remember that love trumps hate. Always.