It’s been four days since the results of the election. Four long, arduous days which has really stretched and exerted both my emotions and social media feeds. Like many of us, I was shocked from the results, watching the television in an almost suspended state of disbelief, horrified at a vast population who either chose not to vote, to vote for Harambe, or to vote for the human embodiment of xenophobia, sexism and homophobia (sorry, I don’t mean to make this another opinionated, raging, political post but how can I not when one of our world leaders is Donald Trump. Why? Just…why? WHYYYYY!?) Anyways, this is about what followed on social media following the election.
Users took to Twitter, expressing fear and concern. Protests were (and still are) being held in the States, united under hashtags such as #NotMyPresident or #UnitedAgainstHate. Celebrities such as Brie Larson, Lady Gaga, and Jesse Williams used their platforms to encourage protests, and instill hope–and I must say, what an odd reaction to an election, that the positive posts are about staying strong and being hopeful, rather than celebrating a new leader in government.
Reports of hate crimes all across the States were posted ranging from students in schools marching with Trump signs, screaming “white power,” Muslims getting their hijab ripped from their heads and women getting chased down the street by men calling out “grab her by the pussy!” (What a great time to bring a child into this world). The first transgender suicide hotline was started, following eight deaths of trans people within the first day of Trump’s presidency. And people began wearing safety pins as a symbol of protecting marginalized groups.
What a messy four days it has been, and will continue to be. As a positive side message to this post, I can only hope that out of this weird, backwards world we made for ourselves, keep constructing, create beauty and be kind.
By Pia Araneta