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A take on politics

November 18, 2016

One of the things that has been frustrating me as of late has been people’s reactions to the protests that have been occurring nationwide. Whether it is on social media or in person, many people have the belief that those who are out protesting are “whiners” who need to “get over it.” However, the majority of people who are out there protesting are there to show support to those who will be negatively affected by this, not because they are contesting the results of the election.

Now, let me be clear. Some of those who are protesting have done horrible things, whether it is the destruction of property or the assaults of Trump supporters such as those that have occurred in Connecticut, Chicago, and New York City. Those are most certainly just as much of hate crimes as any other that are committed and cannot be tolerated, no matter what side of the political spectrum you are on. However, most of the protests that have been happening are peaceful. Two fine examples of those can be found our own campus through the March against Bigotry last Thursday and the Walkout for a Sanctuary Campus that occurred this past Wednesday.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, as of Tuesday there has been over 300 cases of hate crimes committed in the United States since Election Day. I spent this past weekend visiting a close friend from Washington, D.C. down at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. One of the topics that many people were talking about was an incident where an African American student was violently shoved off the sidewalk by a man who said he did it because “No n*****s on the sidewalk” and when confronted by others said “dude, I’m just trying to make America great again.” There was a case at University of Michigan where a Muslim student was threatened with a lighter last Friday because she was wearing a hijab. The 3rd grade son of a friend of mine out in Virginia came home upset because other students were telling him he would be sent back to Africa. Now, it is easy to dismiss this as kids being kids, but those students more likely than not heard this at home and are repeating what their parents are saying in the wake of Election Day. Things like this are some of the reasons people are protesting.

In summary, people have a reason to be out there protesting and it isn’t because they are “whiners,” it is because they care and are worried for those they love. Also, no matter your political view, it is never okay to commit a hate crime.

Jacob Marx
Political Editor

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