Trump wins and the world watches, stupefied.
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My opinion is as good as any’s, but like many, probably, I felt a need to voice my thoughts.
As most citizens of the world, I am both shocked and disappointed. I did not want to believe this could be possible. I thought most of America had its lesson with the Bush administration. But they elected a worse person. Not only a bully, a bigot, a misogyne, a racist and a completely stranger to politics itself, but a down right bad person. A selfish narcissist who’s ego is more important than the greater good.
Many thoughts came running into my mind as I was watching the red numbers go up and closer to 270.
The first one was ‘’it should’ve been Bernie’’.
Bernie was hope. Bernie has spent his life doing and believing in politics FOR the greater good. For blacks, for women, for natives, for immigrants…
For those who wanted change, who didn’t want another Clinton, who wanted to go against the establishment, Bernie was the solution. Hillary being obsessed to win, as a woman, as not only an ‘’ex-first-lady’’, regrettably contributed to halt and forbid the momentum of Sanders’ movement to go further and underestimated the ignorance of a big proportion of people whose priorities place first the right to bare an arm over education accessibility, gender equity, proactive immigration policies or any other real issue.
She wasn’t the only one to underestimate them. Those who voted for a third party too. Although I respect a vote for a third party and would usually be thrilled to see a third party gain popularity, unfortunately, this was not the time for it. Unfortunately, these votes should’ve gone to Clinton. Unfortunately, these votes could've made the difference.
But then I stopped to think, how?
We’ve seen it with Brexit and the situation in France. Right wing politics are back. Fear is back. Misunderstanding, stereotyping and divisive politics are plaguing the world. But these are only possible because and in a certain environment.
Has anyone stopped to think that the backlash of a certain group of extremist people was caused by the entitled western imperialism who thought they could do whatever with the world? That the intervention of the US in the name of ‘’democracy’’ in the middle east left them with no social structure, which turned out to be opportune for extremists. That the biggest seller of weaponry is the US….
Instead of being afraid, we need to stop and think. And we absolutely need to stop thinking only our personal problems matter to us. We are all connected whether we like it or not. We need to be able to see the ugly truth. And when I say we, I particularly mean those from western countries.
A sociologist by the name of Zigmunt Bauman has argued that the Holocaust was possible because of modernity:
… One way is to present the Holocaust as something that happened to the Jews; as an event in Jewish history. This makes the Holocaust unique, comfortably uncharacteristic and sociologically inconsequential. (…) Another way - apparently pointing in an opposite direction, yet leading in practice to the same destination – is to present the Holocaust as an extreme case of a wide and familiar category of social phenomena; a category surely loathsome and repellent, yet one we can (and must) live with. We must live with it because of its resilience and ubiquity, but above all because modern society has been all along, is and will remain and organization designed to roll it back, and perhaps even to stamp it out together. Thus the Holocaust is classified as another item (however prominent) in a wide class that embraces many ‘similar’ cases of conflict or prejudice, or aggression. (Bauman, 1989, p.1-2)
Hitler was a right wing radical. Like Trump and his supporters.
This quote illustrates that horrible historic events, as well as great ones, are the product of our society. The individuals who participated in this, have been blinded by the system. Following orders. Not thinking for themselves. Believing in the belittlement of a group of people for no other reason than because someone told them to.
Why bring this up?
Because we see it over and over again. We see it in Gaza, oppressed by the state of Israel who still succeeds to play the victim. We see it with Afro-Americans in the US portrayed as the agressors when they are heavily and unjustly incarcerated and confined to ghettos subsequent to unfair policies and gentrification. We see it with the Native Americans whose sacred land and rights are baffled for the greed of a few. We see it with women around the world whose no is less important than his yes. The list goes on.
We like to think that if we are not directly affected by it, we have no role in it.
That is why, not only was this election so divided, but Trump has been elected. Because these people don’t know better. Because some Americans seem to not know there is a world outside of ‘Murica.
It seems to me, that this is what happens when people only care about making enough money, or making lots of it, without thinking of their imprint on humanity.
However, I don’t want to end so negatively.
Some maps and statistics show millennials did not root for Trump. The next generation is always more informed and more open to the world. We see millennials wanting to learn, experience, travel, live. Imagine the generation that will follow.
Hopefully, America won’t be able to deny this event. The way they deny that their land is not theirs…. This will go in history books as a sad day for humanity. It has too. I do welcome Trump to surprise me – in a good way – but I highly doubt it.
Hopefully, too, this will fuel the need to converse. To speak our mind. To share our thoughts. To find a balance. To strive, to aim, to want a better world for ourselves. To stop being silent on so many issues.
So maybe, just maybe, the same way the darkest hour is just before dawn, some good will eventually come out of it.
© Fabiana Diaz