Despite which presidential candidate one voted for, Americans quadrupled the number of women of minority in its Congress. California Attorney General, Kamala Harris, was elected to serve in the Senate, making her the first Indian-American woman to ever serve in Congress. Former Illinois double amputee House representative, Tammy Duckworth, was elected to serve in the Senate, making her the first Asian-American woman elected to serve in Congress in Illinois, and the first senator born from Thailand. Catherine Cortez Masto made history by being the very first Latina to ever be elected into the U.S. Senate. Oregon elected the country’s very first bisexual governor. And even at the state level, history was made for women, as Ilhan Omar was the very first Somali American Muslim woman to be elected to a state legislator in Minnesota. Even if America didn’t elect its first female president, there were victories for women of minority throughout the nation.
Why is this significant? This is significant because it shows how diverse Congress is becoming, and the more diverse Congress becomes, the better it is able to represent their constituency. What good will Congress do America if it is full of a bunch of old, white, heterosexual, Christian men? It won’t do black people any good. It won’t do women any good. It won’t do the LGBT community any good. It won’t do any other religious minority any good.
I personally can’t wait for the day where Congress is actually representative of the American people (if that day actually comes). Trump’s transition into the White House is very peculiar in my opinion. How is he reneging on EVERYTHING he campaigned for and was very anti-career politician, but most of the people he’s choosing for his administration are career politicians. Let’s talk about a few of the people he chose.
For one, he chose Steve Bannon as his chief strategist. Bannon was the executive chair of Breibart News, which he promoted “alt-right” ideologies. First of all, let’s stop calling it alt-right. Let’s call it what it really is: white supremacy, white nationalism, neo-nazism. Bannon is not good for the American people. He is only good for White Christian males. How can Trump give a supposedly unifying speech, in which he was supposed bring the country together, but he signs on a man whose thoughts literally divide it directly in half.
Now let’s talk about his nominee for Secretary of Education: Miss Betsy DeVos. First of all, she doesn’t even have a degree in education. While this may not be necessarily required to be SoE, I feel like she should have at least some experience in a classroom, like our former SoE. She is a businesswoman, and an “education activist.” What is one thing a lot of people are afraid of her activisting for? Prayer in school…A lot of people have reportedly says she does not even care for public education, so what could she possibly do for public education besides make every opportunity to ruin it?
I don’t know how these four years of Trump are going to play out, but I know a lot of people are scared and a lot of people are worried. Black people are worried. LGBTs are worried. Women are worried. Latinos are worried. Muslims are worried. A lot of people are worried, and Trump has not said a single thing to unify this country. I ask Trump supporters all the time, what are you doing to help your fellow Americans who are scared? I hear Trump supporters all the time say we need to accept him as our president (coming from the #notmypresident movement) and work together and unify and understand one another. But what are you doing to the people he threatened to deport, the 2 million people he threatened to register, or the people who fear for conversion therapy? I haven’t heard them say a single thing that comforts those people who are scared.
I just hope Trump knows what he’s doing. It’s going to be a long and stressful four years. As someone who is a liberal, black, gay, agnostic/atheist…I’m worried. I know other people who share similar minority status who are also worried.Tweet
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