Brielle Farrugio, Emma Welborn, Mikaela Ty
We are millennials. We are females. We are black, white, and brown; muslim, jewish, and christian; gay, straight, and non-conforming. And we are hurting. But we are not letting this aching feeling deep in the pit of our bellies stifle us from speaking out about the injustices we oppose or the changes that we strive to make. Together we are loud and we are powerful, and our voices will be heard.
Reflections from the OTC Staff:
“It is hard to think about the outcome of this election, and fully comprehend that a campaign that started as a figment of most people’s imaginations has just become our reality.
After hearing both sides and witnessing first hand the disappointment felt by many people just on our campus alone, I think one thing I have taken away is the importance of keeping an open mind. We learn this from a young age, to be tolerant of people’s opinions and beliefs whether it be religiously, politically, or socially, and now more than ever before we are being tested on our ability to remain tolerant. This does not mean that individuals cannot disagree or stick up for what they believe in; having the ability to express this difference of opinion is the basis of our democracy and what makes America so great. There will be many times in life where we are faced with outcomes and situations that we do not agree with, but we can not let our reactions to these discrepancies divide us.
In times of uncertainty and unrest, we are forced to reevaluate our own beliefs and values and remain hopeful that the values of the American people are rightfully represented and respected on a political level and in our everyday lives. With so much negativity surrounding the outcome of this election, it is easy to lose sight of all the positive aspects of our community. Regardless of political background, I hope that we do not succumb to the negativity and hate, but rather channel our energy to unite and create the change we want to see in our country.”
“We now have to make some tough decisions. We have to keep showing the world that we as Americans do not stand for racism, and we cannot let our President determine who we are. We can’t let this outcome, which may not have been what people hoped for or expected, tear us apart. This is our opportunity to unite with one another, join hands to help our country and resist the fear.
We also need to look at the positive side of the situation; we have the opportunity to vote for our leader, unlike many other nations around us. We have the freedom to disagree vocally, which many others cannot do. We must realize that we are lucky to live in the country that we do.
We have to have hope, and move forward. We have to keep fighting for what we have already accomplished thus far, and accomplish more.
We have to have faith in our fellow citizens, even though it may seem as though many have turned their backs on us. We now have to adjust our mindsets to the current circumstances, and still have hope. For without hope, nothing can get accomplished.”
“The last few days have been hard for many Americans. Many are shocked and many have shed tears. The outcome of the election has sparked a realization for people, especially minorities, who believe that the majority of American does not want to be equal with the rest of us who equally deserve a voice.
I was shocked when I watched the middle of the country turn red as it voted for a man who has been accused of many wrongdoings and maintains radical ideas that could negatively affect many people. As I walk down Commonwealth Avenue, I see an array of different emotions on the faces of students of different shapes, sizes and colors. As I browse the internet, I read social media posts expressing how for the first time, my peers are fearful of living in the United States because of their gender, sexuality, race or religious beliefs.
We must realize that many of us have the same beliefs and hope of peace, equality and acceptance for the future. Though we may feel that hate is growing in our country at this time, we must remind ourselves that love, tolerance and progression can and will overcome the negative. Even though many are fearful and disappointed, we must maintain our views and remain strong and united. In Hillary Clinton's concession speech, she reminds us that we must remember that it is our responsibility to create the America we see and hope for. She states, ‘Our responsibility as a citizen is to keep doing our part to build the better, stronger, fairer America we seek, and I know we will.’ As the younger generation, it is our duty as citizens and humans to create a better nation.”