An Open Letter to America

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Dear America,

I can’t pretend to understand what you’re going through right now, but I can guess that it might be scary. You’re confused, angry and hopeful about what’s to come. Maybe you feel nothing, and that’s okay too. I get it – you’ve been through a lot these past few weeks.

Electing Donald Trump is not the end of the world. Many of you might argue that I won’t understand because I’m not American. That’s true. I wasn’t born in the US, nor have I ever lived there. The one thing I do know is that it’s important to have an open mind. Respect each other’s differences, and have faith in your fellow human.

I only need to turn on the TV to know that many of you don’t consider Trump to be your president. That’s fine – you’re all entitled to your opinions. However, accusing Trump voters of being uneducated, racist, sexist and homophobic is wrong. Everyone has their own reasons for supporting certain candidates; the American people chose Trump, and like it or not, he is going to be President of the United States. People were entitled to vote for whichever candidate they wanted – this is how democracy works in America.

Now, we could go on all day arguing about whether or not to scrap the electoral college, but that’s not the point here. Trump hasn’t even passed a single policy or named his entire Cabinet. For what it’s worth, he isn’t even officially President. I support the idea behind peaceful protests, but it needs to be done at the right time and place. Don’t get me wrong, there are many things about Trump that I disagree with, but that doesn’t mean that you should jump on his back before he’s even spent a day running the country. Let him put forth his own ideas first, then feel free to express your opinions.

As a political science nerd-in-training, I’ve also been following the transition of power between the Obama and Trump administrations. To me, Cabinet selections are very intriguing, and I’m interested to see who will join Trump’s inner circle. Many of you who aren’t followers of US politics have probably moved on with your lives, and that’s completely okay. All I ask is that you step back, take a deep breath, and keep an open mind.

Don’t be quick to judge others, and stay informed about issues in your country and around the world. Use your voice effectively to stand up for what you believe in. Most importantly, be kind to one another – in turbulent times such as these, love makes all the difference. Have faith in yourselves, and know that the rest of the world is rooting for you.

Sincerely,

Your next-door neighbour, concerned citizen, and fellow human being

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