It’s no surprise that I’m upset with the results of the election, but I also have to remind myself to respect those around me. We’re all human and have rights to our own opinions and decisions as long as we are educated and do what we think is right. Today I’ve watched many uneducated people or people who refused to vote spew hate speech and ignorant statements at one another on both sides of the argument and it appalls me that people in today’s day and age haven’t learned by now that that’s not how we should treat one another. From a young age we are taught to treat others the way we want to be treated, and unfortunately it seems like many people have just thrown that lesson out the window.
I am angry. I am disappointed in the decision that was made, and if there was a protest rally down the street from me you’d better bet I’d be there right now. However, if I were to meet or speak with someone who chose a different path, I would remain civil and respectful as long as they treat me with the same attitude. We have to embrace our differences. If we didn’t have them then we would be living in a miserable society. We need to stand together, coexist with one another, and stay hopeful that we will get through this time together and pray that the future will potentially hold good things for us.
Now I know it’s hard listening to all the bigotry going on in social media right now. I can’t tell you guys how many times I’ve bit my tongue on social media and avoided arguments with people throwing around false accusations and generalizations about college students protesting and other people who fall into specific categories, but we all have to try to ignore the hate and fight for what we think is right. We all have the right to protest and it can be done peacefully without deliberately attacking others with obscenities. Your opinion and your voice matters more than you think.