(I know I’m a bit late with this, but I’ve just started a new job so I’ve been MILDLY BUSY)
So, Donald Trump was elected president (just in case you didn’t know). Personally, I am not his biggest fan. Whilst he has many supporters, I lean more towards team OMG I’D RATHER A POTATO RAN AMERICA.
In all seriousness though, this situation has made a lot of people very worried. As we all know, Trump spewed prejudiced comments against women, immigrants, and many other groups throughout the election. Lots of people are horrified that he is their president. Although we can’t predict the future, some of Trump’s promises have been terrifying. Personally, I think we shouldn’t assume anything. After all, many people assumed Trump could never become the president. Just saying. Even if Trump doesn’t do much, we can still make the world a better place by fighting for what’s right.
Like many, many others, I desperately want to help. I want to make the US president change his views and treat people equally. But like many, many others, I find this problem overwhelming. After all, I am just one person – what can I possibly do? This situation is huge and we don’t know where to start. Whilst this is an understandable attitude, it’s not a particularly helpful one. If all of us think that way, we’ll never get anything done. So, what should we do? Well, none of these tips are going to be ORIGINAL or GROUNDBREAKING, but I’m still writing this as I think we need to spread awareness as much as we can.
Firstly, I think supporting organisations that need our help is very important. There are many different charities you can donate to. If you live outside the US (like me), finding relevant organisations to support can be trickier. I’ve managed to find a couple for UK citizens so far. Obviously, only donate if you can (I don’t have much money either). Again, lists like these can be overwhelming, so, as recommended, maybe try picking just one for now. That’s what I’m going to do anyway.
As well as donating, I think supporting marginalised groups is equally important. I’ve seen people online stressing the importance of ‘upping your allyship’ during uncertain times. I completely agree with these people. Oppressed minority groups need to be heard. They also need to be taken seriously and respected. That means actually listening to what they have to say. That means ensuring their opinions aren’t drowned out by those who have more privilege than them.
After an event like the election, everyone is talking about social justice. I think that’s fantastic – these things need to be discussed. However, the challenging part is keeping it that way. Even if your friends stop tweeting about it, try not to forget these issues next week, next month, or next year. If you want to raise awareness of a problem, ignore anyone saying you talk about it too much. This isn’t just about Trump, it’s about the injustices people have been battling against for decades.
We must not give up hope. I genuinely believe there is hope for the future but we have to keep fighting this.
Most importantly, remember that a president can’t change who we are. They can’t stop our beliefs, values, or determination to make a difference. They can’t change the millions of people fighting for what they believe in. Trump may be the leader, but we don’t have to be his followers. So, let’s get to work.