I've had a the last 3 days to mull over this 2016 election. I never knew that the election would impact me the way it did. I also didn't realize how naive I have been about the state of our country and the reality about the thoughts and opinions of many of the people within it. I released an article this past week from one of our newer writers: Michael Rubin as I felt that it was a wonderful objective view about what happened and because I knew it would be a fair balance to the op/ed I would be releasing today. I often look to bring a neutral view of things to my writing and creative expressions. Yet, I can't find neutral ground here. I can't say that I have not been deeply effected by the outcome of this weeks past election.
|Photography by Perry Elise Fish - Alluringchicago.com|
There were demonstrations all across the nation, including Chicago and Los Angeles, where several thousand protesters gathered beneath MacArthur Park's palm trees holding placards including "Dump Trump" and "Minorities Matter," before marching toward downtown. These demonstrators are fighting for an America that is inclusive - for an America that believes Women's Rights and Gay's Rights are HUMAN rights - for an America that believes in separating Church and State, an America that DENOUNCES racism, an America that is the land of opportunity for all, NOT just the privileged. These men and women are protesting the fact that Mr. Trump won an election based on a platform of hate and misinformation. That he won an election with NO experience for the incredibly demanding and difficult job he must now take on. That he ran a campaign that was filled with ego and barely took the time to inform himself on the issues he was debating on. That it seems this ill-equipped man is looking more and more like a puppet for the already corrupt governing parties within our capitol. He won an election based on false promises that he is already failing to keep and the transfer of power has yet to even happen. He was touted as the "anti-establishment" candidate and yet, his administration is already brimming to the top with Washington and Wall Street insiders and Corporate Lobbyists. He's touted as a "man of the people" and yet many don't understand why I don't believe that a billionaire can understand the plight of the working class. That this billionaire doesn't have my best interests in mind.
In the words of Maya Angelou, "You may write me down in history with your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt, but still, like dust, I'll rise. You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes, you may kill me with your hatefulness, but still, like air, I'll rise.
Jennifer M. Lezan-Veguilla
**Check back this week for a photo feature by Perry Elise Fish, showcasing a gallery of images from Saturday's protest in Chicago and interviews from some of the protesters**