“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves” – Abraham Lincoln.
Since President Donald Trump has taken office on January 20 of this year, the country has been divided and the animosity within society has exponentially grown, but a very strong companionship and solidarity has also developed all around the world.
As many college students know, it’s hard to find time in the day to read up on current events, or maybe some of us have completely lost interest, but as patriotic American citizens, it is our unspoken duty to make time, stay informed, and develop reasonable opinions in order to move forward and progress as a nation.
The commotions and uproars in America have been inconceivable and overwhelming for many of us, but it should be known that it is undoubtedly an indication of growth for our country and for the world.
Many people of all ages, colors, and social classes are speaking up, taking action, and assembling in solidarity with one another to advocate and support numerous groups of people across the country and all over the world. The Women’s March on Washington had a huge turnout, along with other cities in America and countless countries around the world.
Millions of men and women gathered in unity to honor women’s rights as human rights and to move forward at a non-misogynistic, anti bigotry, anti-fascist, open-minded, and fair world.
Although Federal Judge James Luis Robart lifted the Immigration Ban, one of President Trump’s several executive orders within the past two weeks, the protests held were another beautiful example of everyday people advocating for human rights with the privilege of exercising their first amendment rights. The countries, predominantly Muslim populated, contain refugees fleeing war, dual-citizenship Americans, and non-threatening everyday people. These countries including: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen have had absolutely no history of terrorism in the United States. Coincidently, countries not prohibited from entering the United States- just so happen to be countries where President Trump’s hotels are in business. Trump’s reaction to the lifted ban is expressed in his Twitter feed as follows- “The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!” .
Many leaders around the world disagree with Trump’s decision to ban these seven countries. Federica Mogherini, the European Union’s foreign policy chief stated, “All men are first and foremost human beings, with their inalienable rights… It feels so strange that we need to restate this, just days after Holocaust Remembrance Day.”
As a primarily Christian society, many Americans are not attuned to the Islamic faith. Andrew Smith said it perfectly, “People fear what they don’t understand and hate what they can’t conquer.”
With President Donald Trump’s actions and views, there’s room to generalize populations that don’t fit into the Caucasian and Christian category. Prejudice and racism are still actively breathing in our country, and like Edmund Burke once said, “those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.