Tonight, Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union speech, after a year of his…unprecedented presidency. While I personally refused to watch it live in protest of the massive transgressions I feel he has committed against the office (which you are, of course, free to disagree with me on), I’m sure there was plenty of big talk about what a fantastic year it’s been and how much things have improved due entirely to his influence. However, I’d like to take a look at the other side of the coin.
Over the past year, I’ve witnessed some horrifying words and actions from individuals both in and out of the halls of government. But we’ve also seen great public strides in activism and goodwill towards others in resistance to these occurrences, that help restore at least a little of my faith in the American ideal. I’ve never been more aware of politics, activism, and social causes than I have been in the last two years, and of my place in the discourse around these topics. Perhaps one might say that a great awakening has occurred; where previously many of us downplayed our political views in public spaces or around our families, we now have chosen to make this things an integral part of our personas. The push towards equality and tolerance and the condemnation of bigotry that I’ve seen both in my own groups of colleagues and on social media has been inspiring. Let’s continue this trend onward and upward into the foreseeable future, and put those who would take away the rights of others in their place.