“Future Tense” – Millenial Changes In Wake Of The Election
The election, something that everyone has been talking about these past few months. Whether as a joke or as a true concern for the future of our planet and it’s democracy, it has been a subject you’ve been hearing on the news, in the subway and even in your local McDonald’s.
Donald Trump, the person everyone laughed at for making himself a presidential elect. Who was described to be the first “absolutely not” presidential candidate. Whom multiple people have called “unfit to be commander-in-chief”, “a sex offender” and other allegations stating he’s either ethically or professionally incapable of leading a country, has won the American election.
But this shouldn’t be a big deal, the majority of “Europe’s” millennials think because it’s America. That’s where things get tricky. “Democracy” and “equality” are generally new terms to the world. Considering about 100 years ago, women were allowed to vote for the first time. Around the same time, black people were fighting for the right to vote and transgender was a new term to many.
You see, we have fought for about 200 years to make a system, around the world, that applies and tries to involve everyone. Yet, when people are given the choice, to develop that involvement or to destroy it…….America voted for Trump.
Being a part of change, is being a part of the future. We can’t go back to the way things were. Even if you thought for a split-second that period of time was “great” to begin with.
The next thing was reports from high schools, a video of children chanting “Build the wall”, graffiti on a lunch roster saying; “Whites win, make America great again” and a black doll hung on a rope at a college in New York. What kind of response is this?
In what world is being disrespectful the way greatness begins? What does divisiveness solve? The only option for a white man to feel worthy is what, segregation?
But I digress. Let’s talk about the overall subject for a second, hope. Because I feel as though we as walkers of the new world don’t talk about that a lot anymore. The coming four years are going to be new, interesting and at least a wake-up call. But should we really fall at each other’s throat for that?
I get it, we’re all living in fear. The last few years have all held us breathless over terrorism on an international level. Voices and screams of war, an unstable economy and the fear that all of that might influence the life of our children.
But something you can hold onto and remember, my dear POC and LGBTQ-community, is that the electoral vote would’ve been 503 to 23! If our millennial sisters and brothers were the sole voters.
I was so happy when I saw that because it means that we all understand each other. We understand the issues we have to face. We might not get along, but we know what needs to be done in order for our future to be a brighter one.
I am a little less afraid because of that fact. Thank you for that. Also, thank you for the cries of outrage and fear because it makes me and others feel like they’re not alone.
At the end of the day, we all have to unify, we all have to settle our differences and work together for a better tomorrow so today feels like yesterday’s mistake. We need to learn to operate better, communicate better and express ourselves in a way that is respectful. We are the future, so please stop meddling in the past.