Rebecca Dickson, Reporter
Over one million people, united by one cause, marched in support of women’s rights Jan. 21, the day after President Trump’s inauguration. This march wasn’t a protest, but an expression of America – people from all walks of life marched from Independence Avenue to the National Mall in support of human rights.
Although the march was officially called the Women’s March on Washington, people of all genders came. The official facebook page stated “This is an INCLUSIVE march, is FREE to join and EVERYONE who supports women’s rights are welcome.”
The march was originally conceived on the basis of women’s rights, but calls for the protection of rights of people of color, immigrants, the environment and affordable healthcare. Although there was a main march in District of Columbia, over 600 sister marches took place on seven continents. This march was called for after the 2016 presidential election.
The election between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton was a controversial one. Although Donald Trump won the Electoral College, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, which leaves some of the citizenry wondering about the future of the country.
President Trump’s personal comments on people of color, women, reporters, immigrants and other groups were not ignored. These comments left many upset and betrayed by their fellow citizens. While some were celebrating Trump’s win, others were crying.
As with any presidential election, a mending of the country needs to take place for a peaceful transition between presidents. Unfortunately, some segments of the country are still feeling uneasy about President Trump.
President Trump’s stances on domestic policies and international issues conflict with some American’s opinions. The end of the Affordable Care Act, his disbelief of global climate change and his infamous wall on Mexico’s border divides the country and has caused significant strife.
His international policy of containment and his willingness to end military aid immediately, as well as his wish to remove the United States from NATO has caused tremendous strife within the international community.
His cabinet picks are much less qualified than Former President Obama’s on all levels, from experience to education. His cabinet is much less diverse as well; there is two white women, one black man and one Asian American woman. The rest of his cabinet picks are white men.
Trump’s personal connections to Russia and President Vladimir Putin concern many. From Russia being accused of interfering with the election results, to RT (Russia’s State Sponsored News Station) being shown on C Span for 10 minutes, many are nervous that the newly elected president will change the United States’ current foreign policy with Russia.
The Women’s March on Washington – and it’s sister marches – was an expression of this frustration. The United States is currently dealing with difficulties in international politics.
With many countries ahead of the United States in education and healthcare, to China having a better economy than the United States, there are legitimate concerns that the United States will continue to fall.
Until the country addresses issues such as solitary confinement, the school to prison pipeline, discrimination against people of color, the LGBTQ+ community, immigrants, women, those with disabilities and other marginalized groups and healthcare, the country will continue to protest. Marches such as the Women’s March on Washington took place previously and will continue.
America is not its’ education levels, it’s economic policy or even its’ foreign policy. America is great simply because any person who comes to this country has the right to express their own opinion.
To be American is not to have legal citizenship, it is to believe in the ideals of America. To believe in true democracy, equal rights, freedom of speech and religion is to be American. Anyone with these beliefs is American, regardless of national origin, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender expression or any other factor.
The Women’s March on Washington is the epitome of America- those who don’t agree with the new administration freely and openly expressed their voice.
Because a citizen still holds the ability to stand up for what they believe in,America will continue to be great. As long as the country continues to unite on the ideals we hold dear, America can withstand any group who stands against these ideals.
The citizenry will survive united. As stated by many, “United we stand. Divided we fall”.
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