How to return to normalcy after an insane election
Return back to Normal
November 17, 2016
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As of now, The sad truth is that we can never go back to normal. I apologize if the headline is misleading but it’s the reality we all have to live with and accept. The United States experienced a shift in consciousness as Donald J. Trump was elected president on Tuesday.
I am not here to preach to anyone. I respect everyone’s opinion and if you were one of the few that took the time to go out and vote, I commend you. Many chose to sit out during one of the most important elections in history. We did have to choose between the two most unpopular candidates of all time, but everyone’s voice mattered in this election.
Most of you, like myself, don’t agree with his policies, his approach towards minorities and foreigners, and his treatment of women. Once the announcement was made, people of all backgrounds hit the streets to protest the results. Universities around the country, including Cal State LA, demonstrated their anger and frustration.
Guillermo Ochoa, a 23-year-old sociology major, took part in the first rally that took place on campus the day after the election. “I can’t believe we elected a racist into office. I never thought I would see this in my lifetime. I’m extremely sad.”
As you read this, it may seem grim and hopeless. Don’t be discouraged. Here is some advice to help you return back to ‘normal’, to some degree.
- Love one another.
There is a lot of hate running rampant around the country on both ends of the political spectrum. Trump supporters are thrilled with the outcome and are not afraid to show their excitement. This has to public discrimination and hatred towards people of color, as reported by numbers of people on social media. For people that are against Trump, protests and rallies can suddenly turn violent at any moment’s notice. It can even affect people that are fighting for the same cause. “We all have to come together during these uncertain times. A divided nation is not going to get us anywhere,” said Laura Jimenez, a 21-year-old Music major. Be respectful to one another.
- Take control of the things you actually have control over.
A lot of what’s happening is out of our control now. Donald Trump is the president of the free world. However, there are many things you do have control over. Finish school. Get your degree. This might be the most important thing you do in your life.
“I’ve realized that my education means everything. We [students] are the future of this country. We’re not going to allow this country to go down the drain,” said Michael Gomez, a 20-year-old Latino student. We need educated people to stand up against hate and bigotry. Spend time with your family and friends. Live the life you want to live and succeed. Don’t be part of a bad statistic.
- Quit fearing the “worst”.
This might be hard for some. And that’s completely understandable. As a country, we have gone through hard times in the past. Remember, we still live in the greatest country on Earth. Appreciate the liberties that we have and cherish them. Look back at all the influential people that have made this country great. Follow their example.
- Stay Informed.
This election has served as a wake up call regarding the importance of civic education. It can become easy to forget about the issues, locally and nationally. Go about your daily life, but be aware of what’s happening around you. “It was important for me to stay informed. I wasn’t going to be the one that voted blindly. I’m staying in touch with everything from here on out,” said Mary Quiroz, a 22-year-old Communications major.
These are only a few suggestions I have for you. I find these to be only the tip of the iceberg. I am going to live my life without fear and truly hope for the best for this country. I have no hatred in my heart for anyone, no matter who you voted for. We are all one nation. Be kind to one another.