I agree with him on one thing and one thing only; he was severely underestimated by western media. News outlets, social media, celebrities… They all presented him as a parody and one that had no real chance of winning. They were wrong. We were wrong.
Whether we like it or not, the United States of America is the epicentre of the western world. They have mastered the art of media, military and technology. In doing so, they have become the most influential country in the world. This is why their chosen president matters to us all.
I am nineteen years old, male, and live in New Zealand. I am part of the LGBTQ+ community and am therefore ‘othered’. My childhood was spent being crucified for my sexuality and laying in bed at night hoping that I would wake up ‘normal’. It never worked. I continued to be different and nineteen years on, I embrace that I am different and thankfully, so does my country. To all of the American minorities who have lost their country’s support, I am sorry.
I do not understand how deporting immigrants will “Make America great again.” I do not understand how demonising abortion will “Make America great again.” I do not understand how building a wall will “Make America great again.” I do not understand any of this.
I am sickened. My body is shaking, my heart is without content and my spirit is weeping. In my senior years of high school, I studied a lot about the holocaust and how a single man was able to wither an entire country. If we do not stand together, history may repeat itself. We cannot let this happen.
Think back to 2015 when same-sex marriage was legalised in all 50 states of America. That is the type of social progression we deserve. Regardless of race, sexuality, gender and or age… we are all human beings and the world needs to reflect that. We must advocate for ‘the other’ until there is nobody left to ‘other’.
I know this may not seem possible right now but I promise you it is. History has shown us the power of hope and I know that our hope is so much stronger than one man.