Trump protests: american rebellion
by aziaun scott, '19
On November 8th, 2016, Citizens of the United States took their frustration to the streets of New York- amongst several other states- in protest of the presidential elect Donald Trump. Many may say that it is a product of his alleged racist and sexist beliefs, while others may blame his alleged views regarding sexual harassment amongst women. Yet, every American shares a different perspective on whether or not Trumps presidency will be beneficial for the USA. Though the real question to be asked is, what is influencing the sudden rebellion of this country?
As a deeper analysis is developed, it is to be interpreted that the people of America have taken their rage to the streets as a result to their beliefs of society's lack of awareness regarding real world issues. Sources such as LA Curbed quote that over, “[11,000 protesters] attended Saturday's march, [Saturday November 12th, 2016]”. The site also goes on to mention that there were over, “136,966: Votes cast for Trump in the city of Los Angeles,” compared to Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton’s leading 638,068 votes, that had eventually won her the renowned sunny state, of California.
Sites such as NBC News gathered several polls post the presidential election. These statistics proved that over 72% of voters affiliated with the LGBT communities had voted for Clinton out of a total of 100%. NBC News also informs that LGBT affiliates have attended protests in states such as, “New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Portland, Nashville [Tennessee], [and] Austin [Texas].” As well as many other cities. It has been reported that protests had began to become so disruptive, that officials were forced to use tear gas in an attempt to lessen the crowds in Oakland, California. Protesters didn't stop there, as New Yorkers had surrounded the renowned Trump Towers for hours following the election, which had resulted in the arrest of nearly 65 people.
As a result to these protests, many people have began to use their social platforms to raise awareness on their concerns towards the election. Viral slogans created by American natives such as, “Love Trumps Hate” and “Not My President”, amongst others have also played a key role in the initiation of these protests. Celebrities such as Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, and Kerry Washington have also involved themselves in America's latest retaliations as an attempt to inform their fan bases of their Anti-Trump stand points, and the significance of the empowerment of women. Furthermore, encouraging the youth and democratic America to fight for their beliefs.