Love Trumps Hate: A Rant

Protesters against Donald Trump's election carry a Love Trumps Hate sign.

Protesters against Donald Trump’s election carry a Love Trumps Hate sign.

Written by Helice Eitelgeorge

Looking at this election and the results that came from it, I’m reminded of two quotes, one being from the poem, “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou, a female African American author and activist throughout the last few decades. Another quote that comes to mind is from Anne Frank’s diary, “Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.” It saddens me deeply that some of the pieces of writing that come to mind after this election are written by the minority groups of the time.

African Americans fought for their voice, their rights, and their lives. Women voiced their opinion, calling out the fact that their voices matter. The LGBTQ+ community made history in June 2015 when gay marriage was made legal nationwide. People are all equal no matter their gender, sexuality, race, or religion, but a person was brought into office who sees differences in people as something to be feared.

Millions of people risked being ostracized, being tormented, and being killed to have the right to vote in America. After all of their hard work, America elects a blatantly racist candidate into office. Not only is this against many personal morals, but it goes against what the United States stands for today: equality.
Today is a sad day for people of color, people under the poverty line, people of a different religion, people of the LGBTQ+ community, or any one of the millions of humans affected by Trump’s policies.
Fervid supporters say that Donald Trump is misunderstood in what he says, that he doesn’t mean the exact words that he puts out to the world. Why would America choose to elect a president who cannot share his thoughts cohesively?  Donald Trump believes in every word he says, whether it be a racist, sexist, or bigoted statement. Other people who have voted for Donald Trump have done so because they could not stand the idea of another Clinton presidency. He has spoken to the fearful, racist underbelly of the country, and has won majority by honing in on America’s #1 worst quality. He is uniting America to vote for him by using fear of our own differences against us.

Regardless of whose side you were on, when the decision between violence and peace comes before you, I hope we all stand on the side of peace. In a time when the whole country is divided into two sides, I hope we can all agree on the fact that Love Trumps Hate.

Excerpt from “Still I Rise”

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
Weakened by my soulful cries? ….

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

Edit (11/15/16 7:12 PM): A previous version attributed this article to Luke Herzog instead of Helice Eitelgeorge.