Since Donald Trump became America’s president-elect, he seems to be taking a more moderate and less extreme approach to his policies.
Already, he is considering amending Obamacare, rather than outright repealing it. His suspected secretary of the state, Newt Gingrich, has admitted that the infamous wall on the Mexican-American border will most likely not happen, and the promise for a ban of Muslims has disappeared from Trump’s website. Even so, as the idea of a Trump presidency becomes less terrifying in a political sense, it has only created more havoc in a social one.
So, what’s so scary about America under Donald Trump anyway? What could he possibly do in just four years? Well, it’s not always Trump and his policies that people are afraid of, but his radical supporters.
Day one of what the internet has dubbed “Trump’s America” has left women, Hispanics, African-Americans, Muslims and more, shocked by the sudden spike of racist and sexist acts of hatred and violence. It has not been uncommon to hear stories of children not wanting to go to school, thinking they or their friends would soon be deported.
At York Tech, students were recorded holding a Trump sign and yelling “white power.” Other incidents included students being spat on or being called racial slurs, the situation got so out of hand that parents were coming to pull their children out early.
According to a community safety alert from the San Diego Police Department, a Muslim female student attending SDSU was attacked by two males, who made comments about Trump and the Muslim community. The two attackers stole her bag and car keys. Later, her car was documented as missing, and the attack was labeled as a hate crime, vehicle theft and robbery.
Before the announcement that there is hope for the Affordable Care Act, this was a very real policy fear for women across the nation. The internet was drowning in tweets advising others to invest in an IUD, one that would outlast them the possible eight years of Trump. With Obamacare in danger, women are living in fear that birth control is going to become unaffordable and even harder to obtain. With birth control being a necessary factor for most women’s health and contraception needs, a drop in its accessibility would easily change the everyday lives of women, young and old, everywhere. It’s easy to see how this could be scary.
The list of hateful acts was endless, and it soon became clear that peoples’ fears were not just in paranoia, but based on validity. Though there were those who voted for Trump, wanting a genuine change, in hopes that he would offer them something they felt had been ignored for too long, there were also those drawn to the anti-politically correct facade he portrayed throughout his campaign.
As the Klu Klux Klan announces its “Trump Victory Parade,” there’s no denying the views of some of his supporters and that they suddenly feel an enhancement of power after his recently announced win.
With Trump’s running mate wanting to fund groups that support conversion therapy, the LGBT community has lost what little sense of security they felt before. In fact, a rumored eight young members of the community committed suicide after hearing the election results this past Tuesday night, with another left depending on life support. This information comes from parents themselves, who are also scared when it comes to protecting their children.
A transgender parenting group on Facebook had many expressing their fears.
“I don’t know how to accurately describe how terrified I am,” one parent wrote. “I can love my son with every ounce of my being. I can advocate for him until I’m blue in the face. I can get him the best therapist and psychiatrist I can find, but unless the rest of society supports him too, I run a 41 percent chance of losing him just like the parents in my groups lost their kids.”
Considering the short time frame in which all of this has taken place, can you blame people for worrying about their safety? America has lived in a security blanket where we once believed that prejudice was dead, but it has come to our attention now that those thoughts are still alive and well.
And, our newest president-elect has brought them to the surface.